The monitorial System
The Monitoral system used at Beaudesert did not last very long. A group of older children (known as monitors), were given one hour of basic tuition by a master. They were then each given a group of younger children to pass on the information they had learnt. These lessons often consisted of question and answer sessions. The School Inspectors found, when testing the children, that many pupils gave the answers in the order they had been taught. They were unaware that the questions were being asked in a different order. The Inspectors felt that this method of teaching was of no benefit to the pupils. They considered that the children had no understanding of what they had been taught.
The Monitorial system was introduced by Joseph Lancaster.