Hi all, I am in my 4th year of teaching Languages (2nd year as Head of Department) and in our Faculty we find the NC levels completely irrelevant and are trying to get rid of them. As a faculty, we cannot stand the fact that some students manage to get a level 6 by writing a very short paragraph containing all of the level 6 criteria (opinions, connectives, 3 tenses) whilst some students will write a full A4 page of accurate and detailed paragraphs displaying a great understanding of grammar concepts (plural, adjective agreement, use of different subject pronouns, irregular verbs, etc) and will only get a level 4 as it is all written in the present tense! Furthermore, NC levels are not used in most private and international schools - there must be a reason for this! As stated on the attached doc (part 12), we could get rid of the NC levels as well as FFT targets (which is already the case in some schools) in September 2013. My Headteacher said he would consider my request if I can present him with a new way of assessing and reporting students' attainment and progress. I have quite a few ideas but would like to know what other Languages teachers think?