“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

Salvation is our brand new student event for students studying for AQA, OCR, Edexcel and Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies specifications in 2019-20.


“Salvation!” has been carefully designed to enrich and extend your Year 10-11 students’ knowledge & understanding and support the development of strong skills in analysis and evaluation.


The event covers topics specified by ALL EXAMINATION BOARDS for GCSE Religious Studies as part of the Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings and the most popular Thematic Studies modules.


Reference will also be made to Islam and Judaism during the day, helping students to think laterally and extend their understanding.


18th November, St George’s Church, Leeds
29th November, Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London
30th January, St James’ Church, Carlisle
31st January, St Nicholas’s Cathedral, Newcastle
4th February, Worcester Cathedral, W. Midlands
6th February, Sexey’s School, Bruton, Somerset
13th February, Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge
27th February, Central Methodist Hall, Manchester
3rd March, Queen Mary’s (Girls’ Grammar), Walsall

With further dates tbc.



Sessions include:

1. The Nature of God

This introductory session will consider the reasons that Christians have for believing in God. After providing a brief overview of rational arguments for the existence of God – causation and design – and sources of revelation – religious experiences and scripture – we will consider what each approach suggests about the nature of God, reflecting on the difficulty of describing God in words or pictures and opening up how believers use metaphors and symbols as well as the doctrine of the Trinity. This session will conclude with a group discussion and short written exercise, designed to help students score top marks for A01 questions.

2.  Sin and Salvation
After break, we will move on to consider key Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ, as Messiah and as Son of God. Jesus’ place in the story of the Bible will be explained, along with the concepts of Covenant, Sin, Sacrifice and Atonement, and Christian beliefs about Salvation, who will be saved, how and why, will be explored. Finally, we will open up a typical AO2 question on the topic, showing how to structure and develop and excellent response.

3.  Life after Death
Next, we will move on to consider diverse Christian beliefs about life after death, as well as the sources and reasons for these. Christian beliefs will be compared and contrasted with Jewish and Muslim beliefs and the impact of believing in judgement and an afterlife on religious observance and/or moral decision-making will be explored. The morning will conclude with a group discussion and written activity, designed to develop higher level AO2 skills.

4.  The Sanctity of Life: Abortion & Euthanasia
After lunch we will turn to the application of Christian beliefs to two of the most controversial issues in medical ethics, abortion and euthanasia. The central question of personhood will be considered, along with beliefs about the sanctity of life, dignity and agape, Christian love, and how they influence and shape diverse Christian attitudes and teachings. Finally, the event will conclude with a lively debate; all students will be encouraged and enabled to draft their contributions in the form of reasoned arguments and then invited to share them and/or to respond to and evaluate others’ contributions as well.

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


With Candle, students receive full-colour, printed notes!  Providing a wealth of useful quotations, revision tips, advice on essay structure, model essays and plenty of suggested tasks and activities, the notes ensure that students don’t have to spend their time writing down AO1 information but that they do practice writing skills for AO2 during each session.  Teachers get digital downloads as well!

“I, like others on here, have attended Peter’s conferences for longer than I care to dwell on and more recently those run by Peter and Charlotte. I am ALWAYS highly impressed and think their ability to push & challenge students’ thinking is impressive and entirely appropriate. I have learnt so much from Peter & Charlotte over the years and attending their conferences is always a treat for me and my students although I would agree it’s the brightest students who gain most from the lectures – as I would expect.”  Save RE Facebook Comment

“We also go to the GCSE ones with our more able kids and they find them really useful and challenging. So much relevant modern content!” Save RE Facebook Comment

How To Buy Your Tickets


GCSE student tickets cost £15 when booked online.


  • FREE 32 page printed notes booklet, packed with information and activities.
  • FREE accompanying teacher tickets (with refreshments & teaching resources)
  • FREE Candle Friends status for 12 months; including FREE resources and access to Friends’ exclusive CPD


With Candle you get:


  • .Up-to-date content made engaging and tailored to the real needs of GCSE students.
  • Sessions and resources designed by practicing teachers with a record of engaging students of all abilities.
  • Easy, secure online bookings with no fees to pay; just print off e-tickets.
  • A real teacher to speak to on the telephone or e-mail and social media support on twitter @PuzzleVardy & facebook @CandleConfs


e-mail: info@candleconferences.com

Tel: 0208 133 2241



“We regularly attend and host. Our students love them, they are enthused and really benefit” 


“…they find them really useful and challenging. So much relevant modern content!”


Save RE Facebook Comment


*Full t&cs are available to read here.

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

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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.

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.