I went to a GCSE feedback meeting recently and during lunch the presenter said the new exam was c**p. Twice. The boards boards do not like it, the CAs were forced on them by OFQUAL despite their protestations, and so was the rationing of grades this year. We can't really blame the boards for the format of the exam and CAs. However, alongside this there seem to be severe problems with the marking especially with the writing - a friend of mine has had the whole lot recalled for free re-marking out of the blue, because the original examiner had an excessive number of requests for remarks from their work. Posts on other threads leave a lot to be concerned about (inconsistent standardising materials, no examiner meetings, lack of examiners' experience as they were transferred from other papers and so on). It's a mess.