Belfast Charitable Society always viewed the education of the children within its care as paramount to helping them develop and gain employment in adulthood. On this day, 10th July 1819 Belfast Charitable Society unanimously supported the introduction of the Lancastrian mode of teaching for the Poor House Girls School.

This model of education, named after Joseph Lancaster, was based on the concept of the more advanced pupils being used as ‘helpers’ to the teacher, passing on the information they had learned to other students.