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Is the UK University sector spending enough on R&D

China spends five times that of the UK on R&D each year. For universities hoping to build or maintain their position as global leaders in innovation and enterprise, China is hard to overlook as an option.

The UK enjoys a significant reputational foothold in the middle kingdom

Not too long ago it would have been safe to assume that the UK would be at the centre of the action. In 1996, research and development activities were firmly rooted in the big four innovation economies, with the US, Japan, the UK and Germany accounting for half of the world’s research publications. But times have changed: by 2015 their share had dropped to 39%. Meanwhile, the big four’s collective share of global R&D spending slipped from two-thirds to 43%, according to Unesco figures.

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11 per cent pay rise for leading primary head.

Sir Craig Tunstall leads the Gipsy Hill Federation of eight primary schools in south London

The teacher believed to be England’s highest-paid primary head has received an 11 per cent pay rise.

Last year, it was revealed that Sir Craig Tunstall, the executive headteacher of the Gipsy Hill Federation of eight primary schools in south London, was one of the highest-paid school leaders in the county.

Now, new figures from the audited accounts of the Lambeth Council reveal his salary, fees and allowances increased by a further £36,589 in 2016-17, to £366,983.

His total remuneration package is now worth £398,214 once employers’ pension contributions are included.

The GMB said the pay rise came as the federation made other staff members redundant

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Size of leadership teams.

Size of leadership teams varies from as high as 50 per cent to as little as 3.4 per cent of a secondary school's teaching workforce, finds Tes investigation

The number of assistant heads in England’s state schools has increased by more than a quarter over the last six years, Tes can reveal.

The explosion in assistant heads has been attributed to the recruitment and retention crisis, with schools offering leadership positions to secure talented teachers.

But some commentators have claimed there are now “too many generals, not enough soldiers” in the school system, with Tes analysis finding a huge variation in the size of school senior leadership teams.

According to the school workforce survey, there were 22,100 full-time equivalent (FTE) assistant heads working in English state-funded schools in 2010.

But by 2016, their number had mushroomed to 28,400 – a 28.5 per cent rise.

In comparison, the number of FTE heads increased by 1.4 per cent; deputy heads by 1.6 per cent; and classroom teachers by 2.3 per cent. The number of pupils in state-funded primary and secondary schools, meanwhile, increased by 5.9 per cent.

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Grammar school head suspended.

The grammar school head teacher at the centre of a row about pupils not being allowed to stay on to take A-levels has been suspended.

Aydin Onac, head of St Olave's in Orpington, has been suspended by the school's governors.

Parents had threatened legal action after some pupils were told to leave the school before the upper sixth year.

It raised questions about schools boosting their league table rankings by restricting who could take A-levels.

St Olave's, in the London borough of Bromley, is one of England's top-performing grammar schools.

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Primary schools to miss out on in new funding agreement.

Government's funding plans accused of 'discriminating' against primary schools 

 

Primary schools will be the biggest losers under the government’s funding plans, according to new research carried out by the NEU teaching union and shared with Tes.

The analysis reveals that primary pupils will attract 5 per cent less cash in real terms by 2020, compared with 2015. This represents a £201 cut per pupil over five years, taking account of inflation and rising costs such as increased national insurance contributions.

By contrast, non-selective secondary schools will see their per-pupil budgets fall by 4 per cent in real terms, while grammars will experience a funding drop of just 1 per cent, according to the findings.

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