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ATE Training – What it is, and how it works.

The Active Training and Education Trust, which runs Superweeks, has over 50 years experience (previously as ‘Colony Holidays’) in both running residential summer camps for children, and in training the young adults who will work directly with the children. But why do we ‘train’ these people, who come to work with us as enthusiastic volunteers? [...]

Why ATE?

Being on an ATE Superweek means that Ben will have a Monitor who really knows him. Who, by the first evening, will know his name, but he’ll answer quicker to ‘SuperBen’. Knows that his favourite game that day was Lurky and that he hasn’t quite worked out yet just why the moon has a big [...]

Some brain teasers!

Challenge your brain cells with ATE! Two people lie dead in a cave. The police inspector takes one look at them and knows immediately that they are adam and eve. One in every five people are able to grab the edge of their chair, pull as hard as they can and lift themselves [...]

The ATE ‘curriculum’

School's Out @ The Downs, Summer 2012 ATE seeks to contribute to British children’s education by providing opportunities to learn about themselves, other people and to discover new things about the world around them. By running Superweeks, ATE provides children with a safe, supportive environment away from the pressure of ‘real life’ in [...]

Easter Superweek 2013

Walking the Malvern Hills, summer 2012. I am convinced that the activities organised by ATE really do help raise  self-esteem and build motivation among young people in a way that complements learning during the school day.Estelle Morris Easter Egg-Stravaganza Superweek - Monday 1st – Saturday 6th April 2013 Moor Park School, nr. Ludlow, Shropshire. What [...]

She what one mum told the Telegraph about allowing her daughter to come on a Superweek

ATE Superweeks: children's summer camps In an age of virtual friends and video games, Josephine Henderson is thrilled that children’s summer camps are still working their magic. Summer activity camps can help contribute to a child's social development.By Josephine HendersonCaitlin was just eight when I put her on a train at Paddington and waved goodbye. [...]

Scary Surveys…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9122180/Schoolchildren-can-use-an-iPhone-but-cannot-tie-their-shoelaces-poll-finds.htmlThe Telegraph recently published an article citing a survey that was completed by national power provider Npower. The survey made for some pretty scary reading (at least that’s what we think) and we’re not the only ones. Self confessed lover of the outdoors and TV presenter Ray Mears said: “I can’t believe our young people [...]

Scotts/English Tactics 101

In the words of our mighty Programme Co-Ordinator, I have been instructed to “pick something fun – and interesting- and riff on it”.So, here we go;Scots and English. This is possibly one of the greatest things I have ever come across in my entire life. It is one of many extremely enjoyable and pretty fantastic [...]