The Institute of Education was founded in 1969 by Raymond Kearns, who was then Senior Mathematics Master at Gonzaga College. Set up initially to provide private tuition in Maths to both teachers and Leaving Certificate students, the classes were so successful that a site was soon rented on Leeson Street in Dublin, and the classes extended to cover a range of Leaving Certificate subjects.

Today, The Institute of Education occupies seven large Georgian buildings on its Dublin City Centre Leeson Street campus and is one of the largest private second level schools in Ireland, sending more students to third-level colleges than any other school in Ireland.

With a new generation of the Kearns family now at the helm, The Institute of Education continues to foster educational innovation in many ways, providing students with exceptionally wide subject choice, flexible timetables and advanced IT facilities. Progressive learning solutions, combined with the original values of hard work, determination, quality and honesty, creates a learning atmosphere that equips 21st century students with the skills they need to maximise their potential and be the best that they can be.