Events, training and resources for the NEW Religious Studies specifications

Founded 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!


Student events for GCSE & A Level Religious Studies with Dr Peter Vardy, touring each Autumn & Spring.  These events really are a rite of passage!


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 Charlotte Vardy, an experienced teacher of GCSE and A Level Religious Studies. Do contact her with your questions…

Call our friendly, knowledgeable team on 0208 133 2241 for more information…

Latest Candle Conferences News and Social Media Posts

  • OCTOBER 30, 2017 / VARDYCHARLOTTE / EDIT Religion is in decline in 21st Century Britain. This does not seem to be due to an increase in peoples’ understanding of science and acceptance of it as a complete explanation for life.  As Richard Dawkins has observed, even non-religious people remain......

  • 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......

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Don't forget to pass details of these fabulous A Level RS revision events to all your Year 13 students, colleagues and contacts. They are just ideal for getting students thinking synoptically, kick-starting revision and boosting grades...

York 12th March, Cambridge 19th March, London 22nd March and Oxford 23rd March...
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Last call for "Beginning A Level RS" Year 12 student event with Dr Peter Vardy, which starts this Friday (2nd) in Manchester and continues through February, including a new overflow date on 22nd in London (the 8th sold out a few weeks ago).

Please let us know if you are planning to book, even if you are still chasing replies and can't pay online yet. This will avoid disappointment as some venues are close to capacity.

We had lots of no-notice bookings on the morning of the events in November and, as I am sure you will all appreciate, this is a very high risk strategy and might lead to students being without resources, you being without lunch or worse... you having to turn around and head back to school...
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Beginning A Level RS for Year 12 students with Dr Peter Vardy

February 22, 2018, 10:30am - February 22, 2018, 3:30pm

Our all-new event for Year 12 students covers core Religious Studies topics and content specified by ALL EXAMINATION BOARDS but uniquely, every session has been designed to support students in develop...

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We also offer Consultancy Services, advising on Religious Education and Pastoral Policy, wider Curriculum Development, Leadership and Ethos.

We also sell Books and DVDs

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