Remembering Raymond Kearns


It is with great sadness that we share the news that Raymond Kearns, Founder of The Institute of Education passed away over the weekend. Our thoughts are with the Kearns family at this sad time.

Raymond Kearns founded The Institute of Education in 1969. Having attained a BA degree from University College Dublin, Raymond won a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, to study what was known as ‘New Mathematics’. When he returned to Ireland, he found his knowledge and experience were in high demand and was offered the post of Senior Mathematics Master at Gonzaga College in Dublin.

During his time at Gonzaga, Raymond also gave private maths tuition to students. Always the innovator, he quickly saw the potential to develop these classes into a school and the idea of The Institute of Education was born. As the popularity of the classes grew, Raymond moved his fledgling school into a rented site on Leeson Street in Dublin city centre, which remains the home of the Institute to this day. He also expanded the range of classes to cover more Leaving Certificate subjects.

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