The shopping list

28th January 2000 at 00:00
Name: Samantha Bassett

Position: Teacher at Kelsall Avenue nursery school, Blackburn, Lancashire.

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

A I would pour money into parentinglife skillscitizenship classes for all secondary pupils (and you don't "graduate" from school until you pass this). I would also fund top-quality pre-school education, which parents would be required to attend 50 per cent of the time - learning and helping with their child.

Q If you had a blank cheque for your own school what would you uy?

A Computers for all the staff.

Q What treat would you buy yourself?

A Mercedes SLK? Holiday in the Maldives? Ski trip to Aspen? Chanel couture gown? Week at Champneys? Tiffany diamonds? Open-plan, large-windowed house looking on to Lake Windermere? Yacht? Or the ultimate luxury: a highly paid, intelligent, articulate person to do everything that I oughthavewant to do, while I relax.

Samantha Bassett was talking to Stephanie Northen. If you'd like to publish a shopping list for education please e-mail

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