Although the practice of establishing charity schools for the poor by private donors had begun in Elizabethan times, a great increase in numbers occurred towards the end of the 17th cent. The main object was religious and moral, as well as enabling the poor to earn a livelihood. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK), at its first meeting in 1699, considered how best to establish ‘Catechetical Schools’ in every parish in London. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 were admitted. Teaching was from 7.00 to 11.00 in the morning and 1.00 to 5.00 in the afternoon. However, by 1760 the charity school movement was faltering.
Subjects: European History — British History.