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Boost Self Esteem and Support Student Wellbeing through great Relationships, Sex and Health Education

A Fertile Heart is the production of a range of experts. This programme makes teaching the new RSHE curriculum across the whole school easy. It includes teacher planning and support materials, and the structured lessons are interactive and fun. Another great thing about these resources is their use of age-appropriate videos and animations as their focus. They help students relate to the subject, encouraging engagement and participation.

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What Does A Fertile Heart Have to Offer? 

A Fertile Heart is a faith-inspired program designed to shape the future of young people. It does so through the delivery of relationships and sexual health education (RSHE).

The new RSHE curriculum is now mandatory in schools across the UK and further afield.
Therefore, when thinking about RSHE, parents need to ask the following questions…

  • Will it align with our belief system?
  • Will it complement what we teach at home and in the Church?
  • How do I know my child is learning?

A Fertile Heart is a direct response to these questions. We exist to provide faith-based RSHE to Catholic schools and ensure the quality of content aligns with Catholic teachings.

A Fertile Heart is passionate about young people and shaping their futures. We understand that RSHE is a sensitive area, so we designed our programme to link the fundamental teachings with the Church’s. We made sure to do it in a delicate and informative way.

The programme has a variety of modules and lessons. Through these, we empower young people to learn the meaning of love and relationships. They also gain an understanding of respect and vulnerability.

Furthermore, our resources offer teachers the confidence to deliver this content effectively, so we make every effort to make that journey easier.

A school pupiul enjoys her RSHE Lesson with A Fertile Heart

Ready for your school

We have been working with educationalists on an international level since 2018. You can be sure that the materials have been given rigorous scrutiny as well as a great deal of testing in the classroom. We are particularly grateful to all of the 56 schools in the Archdiocese of Cardiff who have enabled this to happen.

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Aligned with your beliefs

It is no surprise that non-Catholic teachers and those with no faith have found that our programme opens up the dialogue with students, improves teacher/student relationships, and opens up the opportunity to have enhanced conversations about beliefs that create an engaging and exciting dynamic.

Faith-based teachers have found that our programme aligned with their own beliefs, providing confidence to talk with them in more detail. Honest conversations about faith come more easily. 

Shadow of a school boy holds up cross and Fertile Heart RSHE book

Support from across the world

The Archbishop of Cardiff and the Bishop of Shrewsbury support our programme. A Fertile Heart has also received feedback and praise from other Bishops around the country, with Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff going a step further and recommending the resource to the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican.

The Dicastery has also reviewed our syllabus for Laity, Family, and Life within the Vatican. This body has commissioned the soon-to-be launched GoodLove Foundation. The foundation assesses programmes that help young people develop an effective maturity, of which our Education Consultant, Edmund Adamus, is both a founder member and UK representative.

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Validation for the course (who’s behind it) 

A Fertile Heart has been formally recognised by the Archdiocese of Birmingham as being fully faithful to the Magisterium [teaching authority] of the Catholic Church. Our materials have been scrutinised and found to contain nothing that is either misleading or incorrect concerning faith and morals. 

Both the Archbishop of Cardiff, Most Rev. George Stack and Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury have officially endorsed the programme in all of their schools. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley Diocese, Scotland, has also approved.

Our Education Consultant, Edmund Adamus, is a newly established GoodLove Foundation member. Authorised by the Vatican dicastery for Laity, Family and Life to equip and support parents as the primary educators of their children in effective sexuality education.

The sources of inspiration for the content of A Fertile Heart originated from an important doctoral thesis on moral theology by Rev. Fr. Stephen Fawcett [a priest and moral theologian of the Archdiocese of Birmingham]. This was approved with the highest academic recognition by the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome 2018.    

Schools teaching A Fertile Heart

Intrigued? Take a glance at our sample RHSE lessons