From September 2020 it becomes compulsory for all schools across England to teach Relationships Education at primary level and Relationships and Sex Education at secondary Level. These are essential topics for our young people to cover, but we must
make sure these compulsory lessons are delivered with care in our schools.
Additionally, many teachers will find themselves teaching a sensitive subject in which they are not specialised. And, due to the shortage of Catholic & Christian teaching staff, many non-Catholic & non-Christian teachers, will find themselves delivering these lessons to our children.
A Fertile Heart is a purposely developed, faith-inspired programme of study that offers all our schools a solution to this situation. It enables schools to deliver the new statutory curriculum, covering its required fundamentals in a way that adheres to core Catholic & Christian values.
In particular, it is founded on the dignity of every person, who is made in the image of God, desires to be happy and longs to grow and make a difference. Indeed, it is this desire to ‘Be fertile’ (Gen.1:28) in the spiritual sense – i.e. to grow and help others to grow – that gives the curriculum its name and is the best setting for our teenagers to understand the beauty of marriage and family life.
The work of teachers and priests from the dioceses of Birmingham, Cardiff, Clifton, and Shrewsbury, the course reinforces the values
of growth, love and patience to our young people.
The course provides subject modules for teachers to deliver. From lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations to teacher guidance and textbooks, our comprehensive resources cover Relationships Education for years four to six and Relationships and Sex Education for years seven to eleven.
The programme meets diocesan guidelines and the statutory curriculum, covering essential topics, such as beauty and bullying to tolerance and temperance. Tried and tested over the last two years, A Fertile Heart has received extremely positive feedback from both teachers and pupils in the
43 primary and 13 secondary schools who have piloted it.
Crucially, the course supports what Catholic & Christian education is all about: helping our young people to grow, to understand what it is to be human and to be fully engaged in life. It promotes the triangle of family, parish, and school, encouraging discussion and interaction, focusing on the freedom to seek the truth, the freedom to discover and the freedom to love.
This course has never been more relevant, or needed, than it is today. It offers an antidote to the negative pressures placed on young people, providing them with a better understanding of self and equipping them with the capabilities to grow into well-rounded people with a strong Catholic & Christian values.
We would very much appreciate your support and influence as Catholic Christian figures in our community to help bring
A Fertile Heart to our schools across the country.
Helping to implement this curriculum is your chance to take an active part in shaping the education, growth, and future of our young Catholic Christian people.