SCHOOL pupils nationwide will soon be learning about Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.
The women’s rights’ campaigner, who lived in Longhorsley, is known around the world after she was struck by the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby when attempting to pin the Suffragette colours to its reins. She later died in hospital and was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard in Morpeth.
This year commemorations have been taking place to mark the 100th anniversary of Emily’s death and it has now been announced that she will be studied as part of the new national curriculum.
Emily is one of just 12 people specifically named in the Key Stage 1 History section, which states that pupils should be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
Pupils will be asked to compare aspects of the lives of Emily Davison and Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger.
The curriculum will be studied by pupils from the age of five, with topics developed for further study at Key Stages 2 and 3.
Chairman of Northumberland’s Emily Inspires working group Andrew Tebbutt said: “We are thrilled to bits that at last Emily is being recognised for what she did and how she had such a massive national impact.
“I think it demonstrates that all the publicity about the 100th anniversary has got people thinking that she has changed history.
“The idea of Emily Inspires was to tell the true story of Emily. We have done that and now it is in the public domain nationally. We also wanted to raise her profile, and we have done that. Thirdly, we wanted to make a contribution to the local economy. We can only hope that by having Emily on the national curriculum the local tourism industry benefits.
“I think people will come to research Emily’s roots, as well as visit her grave, so there are some potential economic benefits for Northumberland. It has to be an opportunity.”