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High test results in Asian schools, but at what cost The OECD recently published the findings of its first student well-being study. It shows that while East Asian countries are at the top of the league table of test scores they are at the bottom in student well-being.
Applications for 2017 NSW Eco Schools Grants now open Educators and school communities in NSW are once again being encouraged to apply for an Eco Schools Grant to encourage their students to learn about the environment and develop an appreciation of it.
Girls start school with more advanced behavioural skills Research has found that girls more than boys are starting school with more of the behavioural skills that have been shown to predict academic success, including the ability to pay attention and to control their behaviour. 
Research: girls read while boys are encouraged in maths Girls from low and middle socio-economic backgrounds are better at reading than boys, while boys from high-socio-economic backgrounds are better at mathematics than girls, according to new research.
Independent review of NT school funding model Ernst & Young will conduct an independent review of the Territory Government’s school funding model. The review is expected to be completed by August, and approved recommendations will be implemented for 2018 school budgets.
Conference: 2017 Maintaining Parent Engagement Research report reveals the thoughts of families and schools about how parents facing social and financial struggles can support their children’s learning. The 2017 Parent Engagement Conference will be held in June.
Telepresence robots destined for the classroom USQ trial demonstrates the benefits of using telepresence robots to help enhance remote learners' educational experience through a greater level of engagement. 
Suspicious fire at Dalby school Police are investigating a suspicious fire at one of Queensland's oldest schools, in Dalby (west of Brisbane). Preliminary investigations by Police indicate the fire was deliberately lit.
Islamic school of Canberra loses Commonwealth funding Education Minister Simon Birmingham today announced that the Islamic School of Canberra has been advised that the school's approval for access to Federal funds has been revoked with effect from 30 June 2017 (end of Term 2).
ANZAC day reading resources Reading Australia commemorates ANZAC Day with key teaching resources that explore courage and mateship, to assist classrooms to better understand the sacrifices and challenges Australian defence forces faced.
Maths-fuelled fiction A roboticist from QUT has developed a program aimed to encourage the thrill of maths, through a series of books with maths and science concepts embedded in the plot, currently available for free to schools.
Teaching kids about consumer rights The annual Buy Smart Competition is offering students the chance to win cash prizes and learn about consumer rights in a fun and creative way. Entries accepted until 15 September 2017.