“Our sincere thanks to Peter for the wonderful conference with Year 11s last Thursday. It was a massive success and the girls were enthralled and greatly inspired by him. He’s made our recruitment for A Level RS a whole lot easier!” Waqar Ahmedi, King’s Norton High School

Creation! is our brand new student event for students studying for AQA, OCR, Edexcel and Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies specifications in 2019.


Exploring core topics in Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings and Themes, our aim is to extend and enthuse your students, supporting recruitment for RS A Level as well as boosting understanding and skills in preparation for GCSE exams.  As appropriate, reference will also be made to Islam and Judaism during the day, helping students to think laterally making connections between topics across the course, so deepening and extending their understanding.


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?


Far from being exam-cramming or a solid day of lectures with limited relevance to the course, our student events are carefully tailored to the requirements of the GCSE specifications and feature model AO2 answers, a debate and a whole-group discussion, Q&A sessions and plenty of other opportunities to share, discuss and complete short written activities. In particular, during the day, students will apply the knowledge and understanding they have developed to typical GCSE AO2 questions, practicing their skills in…


  • Analysing & engaging with debates
  • Developing a well-structured, effective written argument
  • Making well-supported academic judgments
  • Building logical chains of reasoning
  • Evaluating counter-claims.


Remember, with Candle, every student receives full-colour, printed notes!  Developed exclusively for Candle and providing a wealth of quotations, revision tips, advice on exam technique, model answers and plenty of suggested tasks and activities, our notes ensure that students get maximum value from the day. Teachers get digital downloads as well!

How To Buy Your Tickets

GCSE tickets cost £15, including full, printed student notes booklet.

With Candle you benefit from:

● Easy, secure online bookings with no fees or late-booking penalties to pay. Print off your own e-tickets.
● A qualified teacher at the end of the telephone to answer questions, help and advise.
● FREE accompanying teacher tickets (with refreshments) and FREE teacher downloads after the event.

These events do fill-up quickly, so if you can’t book and pay online straight away, we recommend making us aware of your plans by e-mail (info@candleconferences.com) when you start sending letters etc. to avoid disappointment later.

Tickets can be booked quickly, easily and securely online here  or via our Facebook page @CandleConfs or directly from our online box-office at buyticketsat/candleconferences.


If your school prefers an invoice, you can fill in our invoice request form here.

Please note that tickets to our events are non-refundable, like theatre, concert or cinema tickets.

A huge thank you to Dr Peter Vardy for another inspirational GCSE RS conference today. Also thanks to the visiting schools your students were a credit. Watch out for confirmation of next year’s date! AM, Hampshire


Very impressed with the quality of the speaker, the depth of the ethical points and the response of our pupils.  We were certainly made to think. It seemed to be a very successful event. Congratulations. (Head of English, sitting in on GCSE event)


What a fantastic day  we have had today and a great start to the final year of GCSE courses for our year 11 students.  Could you please pass on my thanks once again to Peter and Charlotte for their hard work in putting together and leading such a thought provoking and jam packed day so enthusiastically, in these worrying times for the future of RS. The students were certainly  made aware of the importance of RS well beyond the classroom and GCSE’s –and you have left us with plenty to discuss and follow up in class.  We soon begin mock exams and the revision notes will be invaluable in raising their grades-many thanks for these too. I am looking forward to my lessons this week and hearing student feedback –I am sure you have set the scene for some heated debate and discussion!  Many thanks once again –good luck with the rest of the events, see you in Manchester for the AS/A2 Philosophy  and Ethics days in November/March. Andrea, organising teacher Carlisle

More Events for GCSE and A Level Religious Studies with Dr Peter Vardy

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»

Adding value to education

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.

Ready to book a conference with Candle Conferences? Buying conference tickets is easy and secure using a credit or debit card now, or send an invoice-request to our team…

Hosting Our Events

Please contact us if your school would like to be considered as a host for one of our events in the future…


  • We need schools with halls/theatres/chapels/gyms with AV facilities, accommodating at least 300 visiting students, at least 1 hour’s drive from other GCSE venues.
  • The room must have adequate toilet facilities, access to drinking water and a space for students to eat their packed lunch (could be the back of the hall, a foyer or a courtyard).
  • There must be adequate parking and/or public transport access to the school
  • Host schools receive a discount for the first 50 tickets they buy – when these are booked and paid for manually, in advance and together – but it is impossible to offer any free places at these events because margins are very low and without the support of schools, they simply cannot happen.
  • We take care of publicity (although we like schools to help with drumming up support in their area through local networks etc.)  We also take and process all bookings.  Many departments (& senior management teams) see a great publicity opportunity, getting local papers in to cover the story etc.
  • We pay the going rate for staff refreshments at break-time and lunch-time, which can be arranged through your caterer or provided by an external catering company if that is better.