I am just about on track with my scheme of work to have finished the GCSE course with Year 11 by the time they leave. My group work well in class and reasonably well at home, but I feel we constantly need to push on to the next topic to get things covered when I know that the grammar, vocabulary, and speaking practice is not anywhere near as firmly embedded as I would like. This practice and consolidation stage too short for all but the ablest. So, do forumites think we should keep going at jet speed and rely on being able to draw things together in April and May? (I used to do this in the days before controlled assessments but I think the demands of the new course are so much greater). Or should we spend more time practising key vocabulary, grammar and oral practice of topics done so far?