Although I'm an experienced teacher, this is only my second year teaching RE and I teach the Ethics side of A level. I am finding it increasingly difficult to know exactly what I'm supposed to cover on this syllabus. I have the syllabus and the support materials from OCR as well as numerous text books. However, every time I read an examiners report or mark scheme there seems to be more philosophers mentioned than are in the actual syllabus. For example, I gave my students a mock based on June 2010 paper and there was a question on Free Will. The mark scheme suggested students included Sartre and Kant however the specification clearly only mentions Darrow, Hume, Locke and Honderich. I had covered these four as well as Newton, Hospers and Kant (although Kant was difficult as different text books and websites seem to have him names as both a hard determinist and a libertarian!) plus religious scholars. Of course, my students then asked why we hadn't covered Sartre as well. How am I supposed to teach these students EVERYTHING ANYBODY has said on these subjects? It's just not possible. Also, the exam board keeps saying how important it is that students answer the question specifically. Again, on the same question paper, one of the questions started with "Assess..." and one started with "Critically assess..." and in the exam report it said how important it is students understand what is meant by critically assess. Well, how am I supposed to KNOW what they mean by "critically" assess? How is it different to just assess? I can take a guess, but how do I know if it's what the board wants? Lastly, the latest text book I have bought (Jill Oliphant OCR Religious Ethics) has a sample question "Virtue ethics is of little use when dealing with practical ethics. Discuss." Now since when have we been calling applied ethics "practical ethics" on this course? That would totally throw my students as I have always referred to applied ethics (like it is all the way through the syllabus!) Mind you I think it was practical ethics way back when, when I did my degree! Does anyone else have similar problems? Can anyone shed any light on the difference between "assess" and "crticially assess"?! It would seem students cannot get an A grade (or possible even a C) if you just follow the syllabus! That just seems crazy. I'm trying to teach the whole Ethics course on 2 hours per week and I just keep finding more and more content to cover.