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The popular name of the Society founded in 1811 as ‘The National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church’. It was one of the pioneers in the provision of elementary education in England and Wales. After the establishment by the State of Board Schools in 1870, the Society's schools (the ‘National Schools’) remained independent until 1902, when they began to receive financial aid from the Local Authorities; though now part of the State system, they retain some independence, including scope for specifically Church teaching. The Society's work, since 1934 embracing all classes, includes Sunday Schools and adult education.

Subjects: Christianity.

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