The one real jaw-drop piece of writing I remember marking this year (love the ones that you get that really stand out and give you tingles) was a kid with the scraggiest most migraine-inducing handwriting I've ever seen for a good while (future career as a doctor methinks)... I saw jaw-drop as it was just one of those "wow that's really really good" pieces. Last thing I do is judge by handwriting - hell I don't even DO handwriting marks at the same time as the actual "writing" marks, I do them on an intitial go-through, then go back to look at the actual content. For all the initial outcry about it - I actually don't think kids have done badly at all on the reading this year - haven't seen many really really weak reading papers at all compared to previous years. Most wised up to the lengthy bits in the middle being stuff to come back to and jumped on to snag the easier marks later on as well - which I know people were worried about!