NEW Teacher CPD Event
With Dr Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy

London, Thursday 23rd May 2019

Harrogate, Thursday 6th June 2019


There is no denying that the new GCSE specifications have had a significant, negative impact on the number of students choosing Religious Studies at both GCSE and A Level.


Experience has borne out many teachers’ worst fears about the effect the sheer volume of content has on opportunities to discuss, debate and really engage with ideas. While those students who still choose A Level RS are better prepared for the rigours of the new A Level specifications… those students are rare, sometimes to the extent that the subject is no longer viable at 16+ and numbers studying the subject in the sixth form fell by 40% in 2018.


So, what can we teachers do to stem the decline and save the subject we love?

Suitable for all teachers of GCSE Religious Studies, “GCSE Religious Studies: A New Approach” will:

● bring teachers together to network and discuss the challenge posed by the new GCSE specifications, providing a rare opportunity to collaborate and share experiences across all exam-boards, options and settings.

● propose an exciting solution to the problems posed by the new GCSE specifications. Using the most popular AQA A content and assessment strategy – but dispensing with the structural straightjacket forced on all the boards by the DfE and OfQual – experienced teacher Charlotte Vardy has developed an inspiring, academically stretching scheme of work that has re-enthused her own mixed-ability students and has increased interest in A Level.

● provide inspiring training on tackling the most conceptually difficult core GCSE topics, God as Trinity and the Sanctity of Life OR on managing an RS department through a time of change.


All refreshments and a range of digital resources will be provided to all delegates.


To Book

“GCSE Religious Studies: A New Approach” costs £175 per place, including refreshments and a range of digital resources.


Bookings can be made quickly, easily and securely online through our online box-office at buyticketsat/candleconferences

Payment can be made now or, if you prefer, you can secure your place by paying a deposit and defer paying the balance until September 2019.


Friends of Candle Conferences qualify for a discount if they book places for this event before 23rd April 2019. Further details of this offer may be accessed by selecting the offer from and entering your access code.


Who are “Friends” then?

Friends include have attended a recent event or have another current link with Candle Conferences and sign up to stay in touch with us because the are our vision and want to be part of our network.

Friends receive a newsletter six times a year, packed with upcoming dates, offers, opportunities likely to be of interest to those teaching RS & Philosophy. They also gain access to the password-protected area of our site with masses of resources to download, can join our Facebook Group and can access FREE or discounted CPD.


Feedback from Candle’s CPD events in 2018…

“By far one of the best CPD sessions I have attended… in my teaching career.”
PW, Bishops Stortford

“I loved the day. I have come back really inspired and can’t wait to pass it on in my classroom.”
KS, Stratford

“I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the study day on Saturday. I came back to school buzzing with renewed enthusiasm… and some great ideas to  share with my department. I found Charlotte Vardy’s tips on essay writing and feedback to be invaluable.”
AC, Nottingham

“It was excellent: really interesting, enriching and challenging.
It was also presented with passion and commitment”
PS, Yorkshire