The shopping list

31st March 2000 at 01:00
Name: Alistair Falk

Position: Headteacher of King Solomon high school, a voluntary-aided Jewish comprehensive in the London borough of Redbridge

Q If you had David Blunkett's budget what would your priority be?

A To double it, so that I could then put into place a serious programme of professional and personal development for teachers, including time to think, plan and even take sabbaticals. I'd also attach a full-time educational psychologist to all schools.

Q If you had a blankcheque for your own school what would you buy?

A Invest in professional development for all staff; build common rooms for all students; set up a rolling programme of artists in residence; and buy a residential centre for year-round use.

Q What treat would you buy yourself?

A A gift voucher for - but a digital camera also looks fun.

Alistair Falk was talking to Reva Klein. If you'd like to publish a shopping list for education, please e-mail

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