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5th May 2000 at 01:00
IT'S SUCH A 21st-century policy - an e-mail address for every child. But the Government's plans to wire a generation has a ghastly flip side. Education Secretary David Blunkett revealed at last week's NASUWT conference that he was thinking of using it to speak directly to the nation's youth.

With his election pledge weighing heavily on his mind - you'll recall he promises toresign if key stage 2 test results don't crash through the roof next year - he revealed he had been planning to write to every 10-year-old, telling them: "Work harder - my head's on the block."

That was then, before the row flared up about grey-haired tots and stressed seven-year-olds. Now, he told delegates, "I'm going to tell them: Relax, don't worry about me."

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