Because of the success of Joseph Lancaster in establishing non‐sectarian schools, leading to the founding of the British and Foreign School Society, the bishops of the Church of England were anxious to promote a rival body. In October 1811 the National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church was formed. Dr Andrew Bell was engaged to organize monitorial schools, teaching both secular and religious subjects. In 1833 government grants were first given towards building the schools and in 1853 towards their maintenance. By 1888 the society's schools were educating 2,300,000 children.
Subjects: British History.