Yes I completely agree - we spend countless hours teaching children this, yet on the day some of these things simply disapper from their minds! We had one child who wrote a script as if he was a live reporter at the scene and another child who recounted her own recount breaking experience. All you can do is look in frustration. I don't however like the fact that the mark scheme has its own secret formula as to what actually makes a perfect piece of writing. I also found out from a colleague who marked writing papers in 2007, that marker are given strict guidelines on how to interpret the mark scheme. I find it a bit unfair and is one of reasons why we are often baffled that the marks given don't correlate with the mark scheme.