My Question to EdExcel was quite simple - "Can they be given the mark schemes or is it a breach of the rules?"
Here is the "definitive" answer:
"I am writing in response to your call log query xxxxxx regarding GCSE
History coursework. The coursework assignments are still on the website (you
have to access using the field in the top right hand corner of the subject
[B]We would advise against centres giving candidates the mark schemes for the
assignments as candidates are unlikely to comprehend the indicative nature
of the mark schemes and also fully understand the assessment objectives.
Access to the mark schemes is therefore likely to be counterproductive for
Advice to candidates should be presented in the form of explanation of what
information different types of stimulus questions are trying to elicit, in
terms that candidates understand, alongside the taught element of the units.
You may find the material in the teachers guide (unfortunately titled
specification guide) useful to guide you in delivering coursework. Some of
the specimen material in the guide might be adapted for presentation to your
candidates to illustrate substantive points.
This guide is also available from the website, or from our publications
Operations and Assessment
Well I'm glad that clears that up then
If my interpretation of this is correct - they advise not to give the candidates the mark scheme as it may confuse them.
However its not against the rules.
So you can give it to them without fear of repercussions
Some candidates do find it useful
Teachers can help explain it
Teachers can reproduce the mark scheme in simpler language
Edited by Dan Dyson, 29 January 2003 - 10:19 PM.