O for a draught of vintage! (Or: Bring back POAE!)


O for a draught of vintage! that hath been

Cool’d a long age in the deep-delvèd earth

— John Keats, Ode to a Nightingale

The Northfarthing barley was so fine that the beer of 1420 was long remembered and became a byword. Indeed a generation later one might hear an old gaffer in an inn, after a good pint of well-earned ale, put down his mug with a sigh: “Ah! that was proper fourteen-twenty, that was!”

— J. R. R Tolkein, The Grey Havens, from The Lord of the Rings

I don’t know about anybody else, but I could do with a draught of the vintage good stuff right about now. I am that old gaffer in the pub muttering: “They should being back POAE, they really should.”

In all probability, only Science teachers of a certain generation (translation: old farts like me) will recognise the acronym P.O.A.E.


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1 Response to O for a draught of vintage! (Or: Bring back POAE!)

  1. scienceguyuk says:

    As a fellow old fart I have to agree with you regarding POAE – whilst the criteria weren’t perfect they were a lot more user friendly than the current rubbish (though I would argue that OCR may not be the worst criteria for this – AQA ISA guidelines are horrendous and APP is at least as bad)
    My current school have now started to reuse POAE for our KS3 work, though we have rewritten the criteria slightly, as they were much better at levelling achievement than the APP equivalents.

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