Year 11 at The Whinings Technology College filed nervously into the room. As the last students took their seats the invigilator started to speak. “Welcome to this GCSE English Language examination. As you know, after complaints that papers have become progressively easier, there are some changes to the syllabus this year. Good luck everybody – you may turn over your papers and begin.”
Gasps were heard above the rustling of papers and scraping of chairs as the pupils read the instructions:
Question 1. Read the following 1000 pages of Government planning guidance carefully. When you have finished, précis it into no more than 50 pages, keeping all the salient points and providing a definition of sustainable development. Time allowed: 21 months – including a period of public consultation.