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…

FAITH has been specially designed to enrich and extend Year 13 students’ learning and covers topics specified by ALL ENGLISH EXAMINATION BOARDS for the full A Level (Year 2 study) in Religious Studies, but also relevant for those studying towards CIE PreU and IB Diploma options Read more»

HAPPINESS has been designed to support your Year 12 students and covers topics specified by ALL ENGLISH EXAMINATION BOARDS for AS Level / A Level Year 1 Study in Religious Studies, but also relevant for those studying towards CIE PreU and IB Diploma options. Sessions will cover… Read more»

Our brand new GCSE event for 2019 CREATION has been designed to enrich and extend your Year 10-11 students and covers topics specified by ALL EXAMINATION BOARDS as part of the Christianity and Thematic Studies modules.  Reference will also be made to Islam and Judaism… Read more»


“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…

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Just sending the notes to print for Creation, our new GCSE RS event, which starts at Horndean Technology College on the 15th November and continues in regional centers across England during January and February 2019.

Aiming to enrich and extend learning for GCSE, as well as to make A level RS seem like an exciting option, we hope that many schools will be able to take part.

Sessions include:

1. Creation

What is the evidence for God as creator? What qualities would a creator have to have – and are these compatible with religious ideas about God? How do religious beliefs relate to Science? Should religious believers take Scripture literally?

2. In the image of God

What do religious people believe about the sanctity of human life? How do these beliefs translate into actions? How do believers deal with the tension between preserving human life and upholding its dignity?

3. Stewardship

How should human beings relate to animals, plants and the environment? What do religions teach about stewardship – and have they gone far enough in tackling the present environmental crisis?

4. Making babies

How should human beings make babies? Is marriage really the only appropriate context for sex in the 21st Century? Is the primary purpose of marriage to have children? Should religions change to accommodate contemporary western values?

Discussions, short written activities and quizzes and a lively debate as well.

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Bookings for our Year 13 "Faith" events are going so well that we are looking into finding an overflow-date for the London event, because it is getting close to capacity! Subject to final checks, this should be launched next week, so if you couldn't make London because of date-clashes, this might solve your problem!

Do let us know if you are planning to come to one of our events but are not in a position to book and/or pay yet. We don't do provisional bookings, because it causes chaos, but if we know you are sending letters and collecting money we can let you know if the event is getting full and/or open up capacity.

PLEASE don't do all the admin but leave telling us you are coming until the last minute (sometimes the night before the event) and only then discover the event has sold out... it happens every year 🙁

Event Details

“Faith” has been specially designed to enrich and extend Year 13 students’ learning and covers topics specified by ALL ENGLISH EXAMINATION BOARDS for the full A Level (Year 2 study) in Religious Studies, but also relevant for those studying towards CIE PreU and IB Diploma options.

Sessions will cover…

1. The Ontological Argument (with a model essay on this topic)
2. Religious Language (with a group discussion on this topic)
3. Divine Omniscience & Moral Responsibility (with essay-planning activity)
4. Conscience & Sex (with a debate on this topic)

Far from being boring examiner-cramming – or a solid day of lectures with limited relevance to the A Level course – our events are carefully tailored to the requirements of the A Level specifications and specific the stage of learning students have reached.

Think about it: just as co-teaching is not ideal, neither is co-conferencing! There is not much point in Year 12 students sitting through lectures about Year 13 topics when they are still struggling to adapt to the demands of A Level. Year 13 students need support with making synoptic links across the course and with revision, whereas Year 12 students need to build their understanding of subject-specific vocabulary and understand essay-structure.

While never "dumbing down" the content or seeking to emulate the classroom learning experience, our events use interactivity - quizzes, discussions, model essays, debates – often with concurrent twitter poll – Q&A sessions and short written activities - to ensure that students stay focused and get the most out of university-style lectures from scholars named in the new specifications.

Our exclusive, full-colour, printed 32pg notes booklets are developed by experienced A level teachers and go well beyond a summary of content! Packed with reading lists, extension and enrichment activities, essay-plans and model essays, they make sure that students continue to benefit from the event throughout the course.

You can book directly from our FaceBook page @CandleConfs, through our website at or through our online boxoffice at

As always, accompanying teachers attend our events for free and receive a free lunch and resources.

This year, as well as our FREE teacher CPD offer, you can benefit from a special online early-booking price of £35 when you book Faith and "Revise A Level RS" together before 9th November.

The first 100 online bookings for "Faith" made before 9th November will also receive our new teaching resources on Natural Law (rrp. £24.99) for FREE.

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