Chelmsford Mum: my DS has finished his main exams for which he had no prior knowledge (as far as I know!) it is just the oral part of the languages that appears rather odd. A friend told me that in GCSEs the oral is practised as opposed to being random questions on the day.
Certainly in other subjects the content is different to my day; not sure I could honestly say it's any where near what I was taught. Maybe I'm looking through biased eyes back to my time at school!
I knew you meant the languages only.
Just remembered my French O'level oral.We were the last year to do O'levels before the switch to GCSE.As I recall most was random questions, as you put it.There was one section where we had to give a little pre prepared speech, mine was on whether Capital punishment was justifiable.(My choice, what a cheery girl I was
It is all very confusing.As I said I know DD is tackling topics up to three years earlier than I did and yet One keeps reading articles saying standards are dropping.Hard to make sense of it.