Founded in 2010 by Dr Peter Vardy (Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London)  we aim to help young people fulfil their potential by thinking deeply and well.

Candle Conferences has worked with more than 100,000 young people and more than 1000 schools in the UK and overseas.  Our events have become a rite of passage, the highlight of successful schools’ calendars. 

Adding value to education for students

We are passionate about Religious Studies and run the most popular events for students of A Level and GCSE Religious Studies in the UK, visiting regional centers from Newcastle to Bristol several times a year…


“These conferences give my students the opportunity to be not only excellent students

but, just as importantly, the opportunity to become excellent people.

We love them!”

Matthew Thomas, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School


Adding value to education for teachers and schools

We also work with teachers and schools to add value to education by improving subject-knowledge, providing high-quality resources and bespoke events, tailored to the learning needs of students.

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

A day for Gifted and Talented Year 10s, a sixth form enrichment day on financial awareness or a governors’ day on ethos… we can arrange a Bespoke Event which adds value to your curriculum.

Our friends get FREE access to our growing archive of .pdf student notes, CPD materials, videos and PowerPoints.  We also run FREE online CPD for friends during each academic year.

Candle Conferences Religious Studies, Events, CPD and Resources.

We sell a range of popular books and high-quality resources to support teaching and learning for OCR, AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas A Levels in Religious Studies and AQA Philosophy.

Our events are managed and run by experienced teachers, who really understand how schools work and are in the best position to offer help and advice. Do contact us…

Latest Candle Conferences News and Social Media Posts

  • This post is just to let everybody know what is happening with Candle Conferences in the period up until Christmas 2020. Our website will be updated shortly with further details, as online booking goes live.   Obviously enough, we will not be running any live......

  • Year 13 student Natasha met the famous philosopher Peter Vardy as part of a Newcastle trip to attend an A Level Philosophy and Ethics conference. Natasha contributed to the debate on whether religion will still have a place in the 22nd century. — Nunthorpe......

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