What is your cohort like? ALAN will not be around Lined Pair (IIRC) is by application only, correct me if I am wrong) If you have am massively against any Edexcel GCSEs for a number of reasons but their linear papers is easier thn others in the main. I dont believe in the modular system and find the edexcel one awful. I feel though good kids should be allowed to do good GCSEs that have depth. The IGCSE or Ibacc SL would be nice for good kids if you can. Anecdotally my C/D ids cannot access the OCR exam yet I thin OCR and MEI GCSE for good ids is fantasctic. Functional sills IMO is an option for ids on vocational qualifications, again edexcel materials look straight forward. Personally my answer is focused on your cohort.