1. Birmingham has today been reported as withdrawing from conditional unconditional offers ("You can have an unconditional from us if you withdraw from all other applications." 2. Fewer mark changes might just be because of more accurate marking (or because one awarding body has made marked scripts available online, so schools can tell if they are flogging a dead horse). 3. Agreed - although before the current 9-1 system there was a view that IGCSE was harder. Problem is actually measuring the difference as I imagine vanishingly few candidates sit both exams.