Events, training and resources for the NEW Religious Studies specifications

Founded in the UK in 2010 by Dr Peter Vardy (former Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London) Candle Conferences now works internationally with over 12,000 young people every year.  


For us, education is about becoming fully human. Our aim is to foster a genuine life-long love of learning, not just to train young people to pass exams.  

 We are passionate about the Big Questions in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics!


Events for students of GCSE Religious Studies, A Level Religious Studies and AQA A Level Philosophy, touring English cities each Autumn and Spring.


CPD events for teachers at venues across the UK and online, including residentials, plus whole-staff or departmental INSET and individual coaching.


A day for Gifted and Talented Year 10s, a sixth form day on financial awareness (with parents’ twilight session) or a governors’ day on ethos… we can organise it.

Candle sells a range of popular books and high-quality teaching resources ideal for teachers and senior students of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

Ready to book a conference with us? Get tickets for any of our major events (securely and cost-effectively) using a credit or debit card now…

Our events are managed by Sally Ann Roberts, an experienced teacher and previous Head of Department. Sally Ann can answer your questions and assist at any time…

Call Sally Ann Roberts on 0208 133 2241 for more information

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  • Charlotte Vardy writes… Following a twitter exchange with @iTeachRE and @gerdunne71 this morning, I have been updating my knowledge of useful websites for teaching the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, whether at GCSE or A Level.  @iTeachRE asked if I would share a list, so......

  • CHARLOTTE VARDY WRITES: OCR A Level Religious Studies H573 was accredited yesterday, meaning that we RS teachers finally have a full set of specifications to choose from and to plan from in advance of September.  This is very good news as there are still weeks......

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Here is a taster of Charlotte Vardy's guide to answering longer AO2 questions for the new GCSE RS specifications. The longer version of this video is part of the resources that will be provided to schools attending our new GCSE RS events, which start today in Newcastle. See for more details and to book...

Here at Candle Conferences we are suggesting putting the thesis (conclusion) up front in these answers, so that students don't risk running out of time and only getting max half-marks for not providing a (developed) conclusion. Such an argument is still balanced so long as it includes proper consideration and evaluation of counter-claims, and this structure will force students to develop their conclusion by providing detailed reasons. Just avoid using "I" in wording the conclusion! Also, getting student writing like this from Year 10 will bridge nicely to the new A Levels and save a job when it comes to teaching essay-technique at that stage.

It has been tried and seems to work with mixed-ability GCSE classes at more than one school... nobody knows what they boards will say of course, and they refuse to give guidance on how to structure answers themselves.
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We also offer Consultancy Services, advising on Religious Education and Pastoral Policy, wider Curriculum Development, Leadership and Ethos.

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