Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

Hexham and Newcastle Diocesan Department for Education


News and Updates

Year of Oscar Romero

To commemorate the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of El Salvador, the Diocesan Department for Education is producing monthly resources for schools. Resources include background information and suggestions of how to celebrate the year in school, a Year of Oscar Romero Plan and a Romero prayer bag which can be found on the Year of Oscar Romero page.

Celebrating the Year of Oscar Romero in St Mary’s First School, Hexham

Special prayer stations where children can reflect upon the life of this special priest were set up. Prayers written by the children reminds us of his bravery. The colourful El Salvador crosses, rainbow material and colour changing candle remind us of how Romero's work brought brightness and cheer to even the bleakest of lives.

'God's light is like the light of the sun, it shines on everything, even the things people don't want us to see'

Oscar Romero

We would love to see how your school has been celebrating the Year of Oscar Romero. Please send us information and pictures of your activities and displays for our website and gallery.

Course Booking

If you would like to book on any courses, please do so through the online booking system.

Photo Galleries

Come and explore the latest additions to the photo gallery.

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Clergy Conference

The Diocesan Department for Education held the annual conference for Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Clergy at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on 9 and 10 November 2017. The event was attended by 176 delegates and included keynote speeches on ‘The Mission of Catholic Schools in the World Today’ from Fr Paul Farren from the Diocese of Derry, and Fr Adrian Porter SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute.

The conference closed with the celebration of Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop Séamus as the main celebrant. This was also an opportunity to celebrate the retirement of Joe Hughes, Director of Education, and his 43 years of working in Catholic education.

The full album can be viewed through our gallery.


Information on all courses and the Continuing Professional Development and Formation Handbook for 2017-18 can be found here.

Come and See

Autumn 2017 Planning and Resources are now available.

See also: www.comeandseere.co.uk