The shopping list

5th May 2000 at 01:00
Name: David Hawker

Position: director of education, Brighton and Hove

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

A We have a lot of talented teachers and we need to make sure they have the freedom to release those talents. I would ensure they are properly rewarded and supported and able to do their job without some of the administrative niggles they currently have to contend with.

Q If you had a blank cheque for your own schools hat would you buy?

A I would build more classrooms, improve the quality of the internal space and spend money on new equipment and furniture.

Q What treat would you buy yourself?

A I love my job and I love my family. The one thing I would really like is a trip to the Galapagos Islands for myself and my family.

David Hawker was talking to Geraldine Hackett. If you'd like to publish a shopping list for education, please e-mail

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