Hexham and Newcastle Diocese - Diocesan Department for Education

News and Updates

E:Learning Platform now available

Teachers can now register for the E:Learning Platform, a partnership between Ten Ten Resources and the Catholic Education Service in conjunction with the Department for Education. The online course provides training for teachers in Catholic primary and secondary schools on the new statutory RSHE (Relationship, Sex and Health Education) curriculum. Course registration is free of charge and available here.

New names for Catholic Education Trusts

In December 2019 the Diocesan Board agreed a revised academy policy in which they identified four Multi Academy Trusts in the Diocese that would grow. These were Sacred Heart Partnership of Schools, Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust, The Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Trust, and Carmel Education Trust.

On 1 April 2020 the four Trusts were re–named as follows:

  • Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust (formerly Sacred Heart Partnership of Schools)

  • Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust (formerly Northern Saints Catholic Education Trust)

  • Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust (formerly The Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Trust)

  • Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust (formerly Carmel Education Trust)

A Letter from Bishop Robert

Bishop Robert has sent a letter of thanks and encouragement to all Headteachers and schools regarding the current COVID–19 pandemic.

School Resources – COVID–19 pandemic

Please follow the link School Resources and Links - COVID-19 to access information, resources and links and Prayer and Hope to read a prayer for this moment and some positive messages of hope from our schools.

Please visit these resources regularly as new information is continually being shared. The latest Come and See Home Learning Packs for Reconciliation have now been uploaded, click here to view.

COVID-19: DfE information

A full list of the latest published information by the DfE can be found here.

Daily Mass

Daily Mass is being live-streamed from St Mary's Cathedral on their YouTube channel.

To find out about further live streaming masses during this period please visit the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle website for the latest information

Come and See

Summer 2020 Planning and Resources are now available.

See also: www.comeandseere.co.uk

The new Primary Education Resources are also available.

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.

The God Who Speaks

Celebrating the Year of the Word in schools in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

2020 St. Anthony’s and St. Aidan’s Catholic Sixth Form A level Art and A level Photography Exhibition

St. Anthony’s and St. Aidan’s would usually be inviting all the students, staff, parents, governors and directors to their annual exhibition. This year the exhibition has been replaced with a virtual representation of the work the students have been undertaking.

COVID–19, A Prayer of Pope Francis

Here is a translation of the prayer Pope Francis recited by video on March 11 asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.


I pray that all in, and connected to our school communities, stay safe in this uncertain time.

Deborah Fox, Director of Education


“Life is often a desert, it is difficult to walk, but if we trust in God, it can become beautiful and wide as a highway. Never lose hope; continue to believe, always, in spite of everything. Hope opens new horizons, making us capable of dreaming what is not even imaginable.” Pope Francis

Click on the image below to see examples of hope in our schools

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Academy in Billingham