I am currently doing my controlled assessments with year 11 with WJEC. I tried to be clever by doing the presentation and discussion and controlled writing assessment on the same topic at the same time but found this to be one of the most exhausting and frustrating experiences of my teaching career. I do NOT recommend this! A word of warning - the presentation should last at least 2-3 minutes and the discussion 3-4 minutes thus it is difficult to get mileage out of them in the discussion section. For example I did the presentation on MON STAGE and found it very difficult to ask questions on subject matter that they had not already discussed in their presentation. I also decided to do it on the same subject at the same time for both my GCSE French and Spanish group. Again my mistake for other forum readers to learn from! Luckily I have a great SMT who allowed the department to have cover. I disagree with how it is possible to mark the assessments at the same time as listening to them. I gave myself 15 minutes per candidate to do this but still did not feel up to doing this thus I am subjecting myself to the grim experience of listening to them all over again over the holidays as well as having a look at their CAW to check that their best will be submitted. Over the 2 week period I did the controlled assessment preparation as best as I could but feel that I am now paying the price with catching up on my normal SOW. The pupils speaking and writing responses have also been pretty dismal so far and my students are relatively motivated. How is everybody else finding this? How have people planned when they will be doing their CAWs over the academic year and the CASs? How have people been prepping? I'm sorry if this is going over requests that people have made regarding controlled assessment and look forward to hearing about difficulties you may have been having so we may come to a conclusion on how to undertake in the most effective manner. Many thanks.