Philosophy and Ethics conferences for Religious Studies and Philosophy A Level (AS A2) and GCSE RS students, with Dr Peter Vardy.  Candle also runs teacher INSET CPD training and education, resources and bespoke workshops in schools for Scottish Higher RMPS and WJEC GCSE and A Level, PSHCE, RE, Gifted and Talented Education (G&T) and broader academic enrichment.  For the academic year 2015-16, whether you are an Academy or an FE College, an Independent School or an International School we have an event that will be right for you.


Our People…

Dr. Peter Vardy was Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London (1999-2011); he is internationally well-known as a leader in the fields of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics and Values Education. Previously a Chartered Accountant, Management Trainer and Chairman of UK listed companies before he was 30, Peter is now a prolific academic author and brilliant lecturer with an outstanding commitment to young people, encouraging them to think deeply and well about the big questions that affect us all. For nearly three decades schools and colleges have looked to Peter to provide outstanding learning experiences, resources and CPD / INSET, both to support their work in RS and Philosophy and more broadly.  For example, Peter has long experience of working with Gifted and Talented young people: leading schools across the world rely on him to extend and inspire their high achievers.  Beware of imitations!  Teachers bring their students back to Peter’s events year after year for a reason!

Charlotte Vardy (Peter’s wife) is currently Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Ardingly College in Sussex, is a director of Candle and oversees our website, social-media presence, conference planning and resources.  She has worked as an educational consultant and teacher-trainer for organisations including the Gipsy Hill Federation, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, CTVC (True Tube) and Microbooks, Exam Boards including CIE and The Coexist Foundation (2007-2015), tutored at Heythrop College, University of London (2004-2011) and gained wide experience as a teacher and school manager in leading schools in West London (2000-2011).  The author and co-author of four popular books as well as many articles and teaching-resources, Charlotte has been a popular lecturer and, as a consultant, has developed a particular interest in curriculum design.

Sally Ann Roberts is our Conference Manager.  Based in Lyme Regis, Dorset, she is available to answer any questions and process your bookings as well as running “front of house” at the major events.  Herself an experienced Head of Religious Studies, who last worked at the Sir John Colfox School in Dorset, Sally Ann really understands the needs of teachers and students and works to make sure that your whole experience with Candle is smooth, enjoyable and effective.



Our Philosophy…

 Dr Peter and Charlotte Vardy are committed to offering a real alternative to OCR, AQA, Edexcel or WJEC examiner-roadshows, textbooks and training, an alternative which takes a broader, deeper approach to education.  They always go beyond exam-coaching and aim to teach the subject matter properly, for its own sake, rather than just as a means to an end – though students and teachers report better exam results anyway!  Candle Conferences’ A Level and GCSE events and resources are suitable for any specification (e.g OCR, AQA, EdExcel, WJEC) and alternatively, are suitable for students and teachers of IB Diploma Philosophy or Theory of Knowledge, CIE PreU Pre U Pre-U Theology & Philosophy, SQA Scottish Higher RMPS and other equivalent qualifications.
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Candle aims to ensure that all of its Philosophy and Ethics, Religious Studies, GCSE RS, PSHCE and Gifted and Talented (G&T) student conferences, Bespoke Events, teacher CPD / INSET and resources offer excellent value for money while never compromising on quality or academic rigour.