Founded in 2010 by Dr Peter Vardy (Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London)  we aim to help young people become fully human, able to think 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…

Latest Candle Conferences News and Social Media Posts

  • 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......

  • ‘Being brought up in a Muslim household, I have been taught throughout my life that, “Knowledge is half of religion.”As a result, a desire to learn about anything and everything has been with me for as long as I can remember. However, my desire to......

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Spent today completing the 32 page student notes for our "Faith" event for Year 13 students of A Level RS.

They are looking really good, if I do say so myself... 😀

Covering the Nature of God, Religious Language, Ontological Argument, Conscience & Sex - and aiming to extend understanding and show the synoptic connections between topics as well as boost AO2 skills, they should be really useful whatever board or options you are taking.

Don't forget that you can book both this event and the Year 13 revision event / webinar package for the special price of £35, if you book and pay online before 9/11/18.

* This would save at least £12 and would give your Y13 students a full-day event in November, a live revision event or online equivalent in March plus four evening revision webinars in the weeks leading up to the exams.

* Booking this event also gives teachers FREE places at our John Hick study day in February / March and the first 100 bookings will receive our new Natural Law teaching resource (rrp. £24.99) for free as well.
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Last week we interviewed Professor Gavin DaCosta on the life and work of John Hick, innocent suffering, religious pluralism and exclusivism, amongst other things...

We make every effort to use the latest scholarship in our events and resources, making research accessible to teachers and providing them with the resources to bring the specifications to life.

If you want to find out more about Professor Da Costa's work, how his position relates to that of Hick and Rahner, why not come along to our teacher study-day on Saturday 2nd February (or online on the 9th March)...

This CPD is even FREE if you are a "Friend of Candle Conferences" and book students onto one of our A Level events before half-term (otherwise £150).
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