The DDfE School Commission work includes Catholic School Inspection, leadership support and development, governance, school admissions, recruitment of Catholic leaders, staffing, oversight and monitoring of Catholic Education Trusts, and estates management. This work ensures that schools are correctly led and managed, that staff of quality are employed and developed, and that school buildings are places that are suitable for the provision of high-quality education.


Find out more about the governance of our Catholic Education Trusts and schools.

Catholic School Inspection

The new National Framework for Catholic School Inspection will be introduced from September 2022. We are currently recruiting inspectors and offering training for school staff and governors.

Admissions and appeals

Read the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle Admissions Guidance 2017 and find information on admission appeals.


The Diocesan Department for Education is committed to the safer recruitment of staff.  It expects all schools to follow the standard form employment templates as issued by the Catholic Education Service.

Employment in a Catholic School

For up to date policies, please visit the CES website for more information.

Capital Projects

Find out more information about accessing capital funding for voluntary aided schools.


Policies and information.