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Dept for Education Compliance

The DfE guidance on RSHE recommends the model curricula from the Catholic Education Service in the list of suggested resources. This provides schools with the confidence that the CES guidance is in line with the statutory changes.

We are compliant and work hard continuously to ensure the quality and content of our lessons not only meets but excels in the standards required for the study of RSHE.

RSHE is now mandatory in all schools across the UK and so we aim to communicate our messaging clearly, to educate young people in Catholic and Christian settings on RSHE in a compassionate and sensitive way.

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INTRODUCTION – A Fertile Heart; designed to help schools fulfil DfE requirements.

A Fertile Heart promotes Christian virtues and when integrated within other areas of the curriculum, schools can be confident that pupils are being offered a broad and balanced RSHE programme.

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KEY STAGE 1 & 2 Vision – A Fertile Heart & Guidance on RSE from the CES

A Fertile Heart promotes a comprehensive, coherent and engaging RHSE course, founded on the Catholic understanding of the human person – made as man and woman in the image of God –  and called to grow and find fulfilment in authentic self-gift. It engages pupils from 4-16 in age-appropriate ways. In primary schools, it begins with the truth that we are created in love by God, which allows us to grow in the love of God, ourselves, those around us and the whole human family. Being structured by the Hail Mary, the Our Father, and then St John’s Gospel, KS1 is able to fulfil DfE and CES guidance in a Catholic, accessible and enjoyable way. KS2 begins to look at receiving and giving love; happiness; freedom and tolerance; truth, reason and virtue; and more, in an engaging, inclusive way – once again fulfilling all requirements except for those best left to science.

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KEY STAGE 1 – A Fertile Heart & Guidance on RSE from the CES

A Fertile Heart fulfils the three overarching themes of CES guidance: Created and loved by God; Created to love others; Created to live in community. It does this through Bible stories, contemporary stories, music and various other activities. It is cross-curricula, stimulating to children of all abilities and flexible to the school’s timetable.

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KEY STAGE 2 – A Fertile Heart & Guidance on RSE from the CES

A Fertile Heart fulfils CES guidance and underpins the themes covered with a beautiful, compelling vision of the human person who finds fulfilment and joy through loving relationship with God and others. Pupils are able to begin to understand their contemporary experience through exploring: giving and receiving; happiness; reason, desires and emotions; freedom and tolerance; their relationship with God, self and others, and much more.

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KEY STAGE 3 & 4 Vision – A Fertile Heart & Guidance on RSE from the CES

A Fertile Heart promotes a comprehensive, coherent and engaging RHSE course, founded on the Catholic understanding of the human person – made as man and woman in the image of God –  and called to grow and find fulfilment in authentic self-gift. It engages pupils from 4-16 in age-appropriate ways. In secondary schools, A Fertile Heart provides the basic building blocks of self-understanding which help the pupils explore their role in their own self-development, and how this is linked to, and finds fulfilment in, love and relationship. Human sexuality is fruitfully and sensitively explored in the context of personhood and spiritual fertility, in a way that covers all the themes that the DfE and CES require, except for those best left to science.

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KEY STAGE 3 – A Fertile Heart & Guidance on RSE from the CES

A Fertile Heart fulfils CES guidance and underpins the themes covered with a beautiful, compelling vision of the human person who finds fulfilment and joy through loving relationship with God and others. KS3 offers the essential building blocks to self-understanding, and uses them to engage pupil in their own self-development, directed towards self-giving, and in so doing covers all the themes that the DfE and CES require, except for those best left to science.

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KEY STAGE 4 – A Fertile Heart & Guidance on RSE from the CES

A Fertile Heart fulfils CES guidance and underpins the themes covered with a beautiful, compelling vision of the human person who finds fulfilment and joy through a loving relationship with God and others. Y10, in particular, address the adolescent’s growth in their personhood, sexuality and self-understanding. Y11 focuses more on their progress in virtue. Both help self-esteem, healthy choices and authentic development and in so doing cover all the themes that the DfE and CES require, except for those best left to science.

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CES MODEL CURRICULA – Guidance on RSE from Catholic Education Service

To view CES primary and secondary RSE model curricula, as recommended to schools by the DfE, click on the link and scroll to bottom of the page.

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DFE – Statutory guidance on RSHE

You can read the statutory requirements on RSHE here which require schools in England to take “the religious background of all pupils into account”