Hello We have had the same AQA moderator for the last 7/8 years. I appreciate the spec has changed in the last couple of years but not one mark was changed last year or the year before when the new spec came in. We are very conscientious about the way we teach in the department, constantly analyse what we need to improve year on year, ensuring the answer all AO's equally and thoroughly. As a result, the standard of the art in our school has increased year on year. However, this year the same moderator brought another moderator with her. There was no indication when they left there was a problem but today ALL of our 57 A'level students have been marked down. The higher end have receive 7-9 marks lower but the range in dropped marks goes all the way down to 4. The same A2 students were marked last year at AS and moderated by our usual moderator and they have undoubtedly improved the standard, skill level and conceptual understanding of their work yet they have received much lower marks. Having read the moderator report today (which reads very differently from the normal moderator report who also normally handwrites it yet this is typed) the dramatic decrease is hardly explained. We need to stick more stringently to the standards it says (we thought we did, it was not a problem last year) and pupils should not rely on secondary source material for their observation it says. We ensure students take very strong, artistic photographs of the objects/subjects they are studying - we deliver a photography presentation and teach them how to do this effectively. However, we also always ensure they include observational drawing from life. The drawings from their photographs and life lead to 4-6 strong drawings in various forms and media and then they always manipulate their photographs (to change/add to etc) on Adobe photoghop as part of their development. I do not understand where we have gone wrong. Anyway, suffice to say I feel very upset for our candidates who cannot understand how they have lower marks than last year when their work is significantly more sophisticated. I want to start the remoderation process but wonder if it is really worth the effort AND I am wondering about changing to Edexcel. Any advice will be much appreciated.