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Study: Maths leads to increased life satisfaction New research released by Westpac shows stronger maths skills could lead to a higher income and level overall life satisfaction. Westpac has partnered with digital maths platform, Mathspace, to provide free access for Australian students. 
New Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden recipes and activities book The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) has launched its latest educational resource Step-by-Step Visual Cooking and Gardening: Accessible Recipes and Garden Activities.
Schools not dressing girls for success School uniform codes that force female students to wear dresses and skirts are discriminatory and are affecting girls’ health and wellbeing according to Girls’ Uniform Agenda, an organisation launched in March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.