Shaping RSHE education in Catholic schools

by A Fertile Heart in Stone, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th October 2020 we successfully raised £7,515 with 73 supporters in 35 days

Our aim is to enable UK Catholic schools to provide pupils with an effective and inspiring RSHE education based on Catholic values.

by A Fertile Heart in Stone, England, United Kingdom


We aim to ensure RSHE teaching reflects Catholic parents beliefs and values

Why act now?

In the light of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the DfE has extended the deadline for implementation of compulsory RSHE from September 2020 until April 2021.

By law all schools across England must teach Relationships Education at primary level and Relationships and Sex Education at secondary level.

These topics are an important part of a young person's development, but within Catholic education, lessons need to be delivered not just with care and compassion but also taught in line with Catholic values and beliefs

Many teachers will find themselves teaching a sensitive subject which they are unfamiliar with, tackling big subjects and navigating through tricky questions. It is no secret that there is a shortage of Catholic and Christian teaching staff, so many non-Catholic and non-Christian teachers will be delivering these lessons to Catholic and Christian children. That’s why our programme supports teachers as well as students, to navigate these subjects in a sensitive way.

What is A Fertile Heart?

A Fertile Heart is a Catholic-based Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum that provides: 

"An inspiring and dynamic programme for the spiritual, moral, emotional and intellectual development of young people, that enables them to fully appreciate and understand what makes life-enriching relationships.”

How can you help?

Our initial goal is to ensure that every catholic school in the UK and later internationally, benefits from access to A Fertile Heart, a purpose-designed and high-quality RSHE curriculum built around the values and beliefs of Catholic and Christian families.

We can only achieve this goal with your help!

You can support our campaign by making a donation via the link at the top right of this page or taking advantage of our exciting rewards. 

Our rewards include things such as limited edition hoodies (see below), cotton t-shirts, and ceramic mugs right through to individual A Fertile Heart resource packs for use in home education or larger resource packs designed for use in primary and secondary school settings. 


For businesses, we have developed a series of fantastic sponsorship based rewards and options to procure A Fertile Heart resources for your favourite local school. 

Details of all of the rewards available are shown to the right of this page. Every contribution, however small, helps take us one step closer to being able to ensure every child attending a Catholic school receives an RSHE education appropriate to their faith.  

What makes A Fertile Heart special?

A Fertile Heart has been developed to offer a caring solution to teaching the new statutory PSHE curriculum. It covers all of the required topics in a way that adheres to core Catholic & Christian values, ensuring that parents can both feel comfortable with, and have confidence in, how lessons are being delivered.

The programme encourages young people to see beauty differently and understand more clearly the values of human connection, empathy and self-worth.  

Through a series of workbooks, lesson plans and guided discussions, A Fertile Heart teaches what it means to be a person and the role we all have within society and with God. Throughout the school years, we teach how to nurture relationships and what true joy is. The content of each lesson has been shaped by the vision and wisdom of Church teachings.

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. With support available and teaching guides already created, we are well placed to support teachers in delivering this content with confidence. We appreciate the challenges that teachers may face along the way and have anticipated the support that will need in covering the more sensitive topics.

What do parents say?

  • "A Fertile Heart positively emphasizes to children the dignity and goodness of the human body and affirms the value of the whole person. The material has been carefully conceived and produced to a high quality." - Sophie and Mike
  • "With this resource, parents can have a lot of confidence that the riches of their Catholic faith will be honoured and, indeed, that their children will gain a full and dynamic understanding of themselves. A Catholic resource that really delivers!"  - Patrick and Catherine
  • "We really did find that doing the course as a family was wonderfully faith-building, provided good opportunities for discussion and was really thought-provoking" Jeff and Maria
  • "I went through all of the Key Stage 2 modules with my son who is in Year 6 during the recent 'lockdown' period, and I found it really useful to sustain his interest in some really important conversations about how he sees himself, the world around him and understanding his purpose in life. I also learnt a lot from the material myself, which is beautifully produced." - Greg  
  • "I would say that overall the material is very solid and, though some of the concepts are pretty deep, it makes for a richer experience to tackle them and the beauty of the key messages definitely shines through!" - Robert [parent and qualified teacher]  

What does the Church say?

The programme helps schools to meet church guidance as well as the statutory aims, covering essential topics, such as self-esteem, tolerance, bullying and temperance.

A Fertile Heart has already won the support of several senior Church leaders including the Archbishop of Cardiff and the Bishops of Shrewsbury and Paisley. 

Does it work?

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 so far. Those numbers are growing by the day.

The images below let you see some examples of how A Fertile Heart helps schools deal with the most sensitive aspects of RHSE in a manner appropriate to Catholic beliefs and values.

A Fertile Heart offers a tailor-made curriculum from Year 4 to Year 11. 

At Year 4 students cover the following:

1598528346_yr4_contents.pngAs children gradually develop, by Year 11 the curriculum has become more adult, however, it remains entirely based within catholic values.


Below you can see some samples of the A Fertile Heart Year 8 student resources which cover some of the more sensitive topics.








This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£14 or more

A Fertile Heart 2021 Calendar

We have designed a fantastic full-colour A4 calendar packed with A Fertile Heart messages suitable for the whole family. Please note: This reward is only available if at least 50 Calendar pledges are received.

£8 or more

Thank You

You will receive a personalised A Fertile Heart thankyou card posted to an address of your choice

£16 or more

0 of 500 claimed

Limited Edition A Fertile Heart Mug

Get a special limited edition ceramic A Fertile Heart 10oz mug printed with our signature campaign design. Please note this reward is only available if a total of at least 25 mug rewards are pledged.

£18 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition Fertile Heart Tee Shirt

Get one of our specially designed campaign limited edition tee shirts in a size to suit. Please note this reward is only available if a total of at least 25 Tee rewards shirts are pledged.

£20 or more

Your Name Listed As A Supporter On Our Web Site

We will be creating a special page on our web site where we will list the names of everyone who has supported A Fertile Heart with a pledge of £20 or more

£25 or more

Car sticker

A large car sticker using the same special A Fertile Heart campaign design as our limited edition hoodie, tee shirt and mug. This reward will only be produced if at least 50 units of this reward in total are pledged.

£28 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition A Fertile Heart Hoody

Secure one of our fantastic limited edition signature design A Fertile Heart hoodies in the right size for you. Please note this reward is only available if a total of at least 25 hoodie rewards are pledged.

£50 or more

Your Name Printed In Our Teachers Guide

You will have your name listed as a supporter in every copy of our teacher's guidance printed up until 2025. Every teacher delivering A Fertile Heart will receive a copy of this key resource. You will also receive a copy of the guide for your chosen school year in the post.

£85 or more

A Fertile Heart Learning Resource Books

This reward provides a full set of A Fertile Heart resources covering Years 4-11 which can be used at home to teach RSHE as a homeschooling programme or to augment teaching provided at school.

£125 or more

Introduction To A Fertile Heart Webinar

A special 1-hour webinar introducing A Fertile Heart just for your school. This can be aimed at either teaching staff or parents. Sessions will be scheduled in consultation with you.

£165 or more

A Fertile Heart Homeschooling Kit

This reward provides a full set of A Fertile Heart resources covering Years 4-11 plus access to our online resources which can be used at home to teach RSHE as part of a homeschooling programme or to augment teaching provided at school.

£250 or more

0 of 20 claimed

A Zoom Lesson Taught By A Respected Theologian

Our A Fertile Heart theology professor will deliver a bespoke A Fertile Heart based lesson via Zoom to assist you to review or implement the curriculum.

£300 or more

Primary School Curriculum + 1 Year Online Resource

The pack consists of 4 copies of the teacher primary resource books plus 12 months access to the our online teaching resources

£450 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Corporate Supporter

This reward is intended for businesses who want to support A Fertile Heart in our mission to ensure every child attending a Catholic school receives appropriate RSHE lessons rooted in Catholic teachings and values. You will receive your logo added to a special corporate supporters page on our web site plus it will also be printed in all A Fertile Heart books.

£3,000 or more

KS3 or KS4 Syllabus And 1 Year of Online Resources

This pack for secondary schools consists of 200 KS3 pupil course books plus teacher access for one year to our extensive online resources.

£6,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A Fertile Heart Headline Sponsor

This reward offers 12 months headline sponsorship during 2021 for our programme. The sponsor would receive brand recognition and logo on all A Fertile Heart resources an website and online channels plus promotion via our social media,

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