I see in the press that ever increasing numbers of German natives are attending British schools - particularly at KS 5 and in the private sector. Presumably a large proportion will sit A level - maybe as an additional subject. Against a background of ever dwindling numbers of students opting for German A level, I imagine they now constitute a sizeable proportion of the cohort. My department has seen its grades slide dramatically in recent years despite students' performances remaining consistent. Our exam board ( Edexcel) maintains that it applies criterion referencing when awarding grades, but I have heard from insiders that this is not always the case. I believe non-natives are simply being out-competed by natives and the top grades are mostly going to the latter. Does anyone else share these suspicions? I fear for the future of German departments. My school also offers the IB diploma- where this problem has not been evident - so I am steering my students towards this option? Does anyone else have similar suspicions or experiences?