It seems that whenever you set essays as a form of assessment you get unreliable and inconsistent marking. The mark schemes do not help. The AQA one is too vague, open to subjective interpretation and relates content too closely with range and accuracy. At least with the previousone you knew that you could get a certain mark by jumping through certain hoops (notably complex sentences with at least two clauses). We are stuck in a rut of assessing writing separately from other skills and awarding it too many marks anyway. We do noty use separate skills assessment at AS and A-level. Why at GCSE? It creates more problems than it solves. Why do we persist with the written composition format? You could probably assess writing more accurately by using question-answer on a text, cloze, multi-choice, short paragraph writing. A tightly focused mark scheme would do away with all the inaccuracy of marking. Notice I did not say prose translation! Please, no!