I work in Scotland but have some experience of the English system. I have to say the discussion above is deeply depressing. What on earth is the point of just reading a few scenes from one of the greatest plays ever written, other than achieving whatever it is you guys have to achieve (not much better up here!). Years ago, the then SEG employed me to mark KS3 papers (I could see why when I met my markers group- the pub scene in Star Wars). When I began marking the compulsory Shakespeare paper, what struck me was that the pupils really knew the scene well, but weren't answering the question in the paper. It was only halfway through my marking that my TL told me that schools were informed in advance which scene was going to be asked about. Later, I learned that many schools didn't even read the whole play, just a synopsis fore and aft of the key scene. In other words, pupils were just regurgitating learned notes about something they didn't understand. It was so long ago, there may even have been a T**y government. Plus ca change, plus c'est la same old ****.