Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State , gather during a sand storm at a camp. Photograph: Getty Images

A convoy of Shia Muslim militia and Iraqi army forces set out from a base near Ramadi on Saturday to advance on areas held by Islamic State, a Shia sp(...)

Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State, waiting to cross Bzeibez bridge on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad on Friday.  Photograph: Ahmad al-rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic State (IS) seized Syria’s last border crossing with Iraq yesterday, after big advances in both countries that have cast doubt on the effe(...)

Scientist Ed Curry with artist Ceara Conway and teacher Ger Power in Scoil Chuimín & Caitríona, Oughterard, Co Galway.

Placing creativity at the heart of teaching is a holy grail for educators. The conference Opening the Door to Creative Teaching and Learning, hoste(...)

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur. This is a file potograph of the ancient city. Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants were reported to have gained ground against Syrian troops in fighting near the historic city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmur(...)

Bug-and-bird B&B: Scoil Chonglais’s winning team. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

A group of students who came up with an unusual solution to the decline of the bug population in the grounds of their school scooped the top prize at (...)

File photograph of the ancient city of Tadmur, in Syria. Islamic State is said to be advancing on the Unesco World Heritage site. File photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army is battling Islamic State militants just one or two kilometres from the ancient city of Tadmur, home to a Unesco world heritage site, (...)

Building blocks: ‘If we see children as our moral equals, then we should be in favour of student-centred education that is not authoritarian and not designed primarily to indoctrinate.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Children’s rights have come a long way since Abraham tied up his son Isaac for slaughter on God’s command. The notion that children have a right to(...)

Actor Cillian Murphy and NUI Galway (NUIG) professor Pat Dolan have criticised the “negative” use of children and their welfare in the current debate about the same-sex marriage referendum. Murphy is a patron of the NUIG Child and Family Research Centre.  Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images.

Actor Cillian Murphy and NUI Galway (NUIG) professor Pat Dolan have criticised the “negative” use of children and their welfare in the current debate (...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

A woman stands amid the damage to a neighbourhood where residents are working to recover personal belongings from their homes in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times 1:30

There are people still in the ruins, all over Kathmandu, they just haven’t been unearthed yet. It’s a common refrain in the Nepali capital, four days (...)