Carmel hosted a Peter Vardy conference for GCSE students from across the region. This conference allowed students to get to know the new GCSE specification and exam question styles by one of the leading experts in education for Religious Education. Students had the opportunity to debate big questions in RE and to engage in topics covered in the GCSE curriculum. All students found this an invaluable experience for their GCSE studies. 8 Philosophy and Ethics A level students also attended a Peter Vardy Candle Conference at Newcastle Cathedral, to prepare them for their summer exams. The content allowed them to debate curriculum topics and acquire up to date knowledge on the skills needed for outstanding exam results.