Were this an ordinary essay, I would agree that the word count was sensible. However, the requirement to stack up 'evidence' on a particular issue from various sources, and then evaluate it using one's 'own knowledge' (in itself an odd concept, to my mind), makes it hugely difficult to discuss anything of consequence within the 2,000 word limit. It's been very difficult preventing the kids from writing what are, esentially, summaries of different books / articles.
Moreover, the idea that teachers and moderators across the country will all consistently place esays within the same bands of the mark scheme appears to me to be highly optimistic at best.
What with this and GCSE controlled assessment, I have to say I rather resent OCR's having turned me into an unpaid marker.
Not a happy easter bunny.
Edited by Matt Spring, 24 April 2011 - 06:15 PM.