During the late eighteenth century there were many developments with regards to education in Britain . Some forms of  education during this time was broadened to include women and children, and attempts were made to make education available to people of all classes. Literacy rates gradually began to rise among the lower class, rural middle class and urban middle class with the establishment of schools. Although education was not made universal during this time period, the changes and improvements that were made helped to develop the education system as we know it today.