Newbridge College, Kildare, is phasing in a total ban on smartphones for first and second year students. The success of the measure will be evaluated at a later date.  Senior students Meabh Breen and Rob Scully (foreground), with first years Kallie Walsh and Eanna Sherlock in the background. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s the big switch-off. Last month, France’s education ministry introduced a smartphone ban after lawmakers passed what they called a “detox” law for(...)

A father picks up his child from RYB Kindergarten in Xintiandi, Beijing: a female teacher (22)   has been detained on suspicion of abusing children at the kindergarten. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Police have detained a 22-year-old teacher suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten, as China was still reeling from a series of accusa(...)

 Firefighters leave the religious school  after a fire was brought under control. Photograph: Reuters

A fire at an Islamic boarding school for boys killed at least 24 people, most of them students, in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday m(...)

Employees  at website-designer firm Wix.com offices in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner/File Photo

When Alexey Chalimov founded software design firm Eastern Peak in Israel four years ago he knew he would not find the developers he needed at home. H(...)

Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa are shown in this photo released by the family in Salt Lake City,  US. Mr Cochran was killed and his wife badly injured during Wednesday’s attack in London. Photograph: Payne family/via Reuters

London One was a veteran police constable with the Metropolitan Police force in London. A second was a teacher who, according to reports, was walking(...)

France’s education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem: “I didn’t imagine that the pope would let himself be fooled by the medacious folly of the fundamentalists. It makes me angry.” Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France’s education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has reacted angrily to remarks by Pope Francis regarding the alleged teaching of “gender theory” in(...)

Becky Gray (10), Zheng-Jun Wang (9), Lizzie Cunningham (9), Charlie Lonergan (11) and Molly Garvey (9) from Holycross National School, Dundrum after giving their views on Monday Nights Leaders Debate. Photograph: Enda O'Dowd / The Irish Times

It is old news that 96 per cent of taxpayer-funded primary schools in Ireland are permitted by law to turn away a child on the basis of religion. Stor(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: has launched a major crackdown on official corruption Photograph:  Noel Celis/Pool Photo via AP

China’s anti-corruption campaign spread its net ever wider with the naming and shaming of eight university officials for buying “fancy cars” and attem(...)

French secondary school teachers take part in a demonstration against  curriculum reforms in Paris. Photograph: Yoan Valat

Tens of thousands of French teachers marched in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse on Tuesday, demanding a repeal of the r(...)

This view from Puerto Varas. Authorities ordered an evacuation for a 10-kilometer (six-mile) radius around the volcano, which is the second in southern Chile to have a substantial eruption since March 3rd, when the Villarrica volcano emitted a brief but fiery burst of ash and lava. Photograph: David Cortes/AFP/Getty Images

Chile’s Calbuco volcano has erupted for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely-populated mountainous area.Au(...)

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