The society stemmed from the work of Joseph Lancaster, who established a school and training institution in Southwark in 1798. With the promise of £100 p.a. from George III, Lancaster formed ‘The Society for Promoting the Royal British or Lancasterian System for the Education of the Poor’ in 1808, later changed to the British and Foreign School Society. Lancaster's proposal for a system of teaching through monitors enabled mass education at an elementary level to be provided on a scale never previously attempted and almost 4,000 British schools were established by the Society.
Subjects: British History.