The shopping list

4th February 2000 at 00:00
Name: Anna Hassan. Position: Headteacher of Millfields community school, London borough of Hackney. Q If you had David Blunkett's budget what would your priority be?

A I would want every primary school to have a bursar. I would set up a specific qualification for bursars and senior admin officers that would train them to manage school budgets. Headteachers would then be able to concentrate on raising standards.

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

A I would refurbish the toilets and most of the classrooms. A bright, clean environent is important. It shows pupils that they're respected. I'd also employ classroom assistants in every classroom. And I'd pay the governors an allowance.

Q What treat would you buy yourself?

A I'd treat myself to a trip around the world, but not by plane. in each country, I'd buy myself a pair of shoes and matching handbag. When my treat was over, I'd share the trip with the pupils, through the shoes. What fun we would have!

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

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