Training 2018-04-04T14:07:05+00:00

Training as an ATE Monitor

The young people who join ATE as volunteers are known as ‘Monitors’; they work directly with small groups of children on our Superweek holidays.

ATE’s programme of training has been developed over more than 50 years of working with children and young people and is highly regarded by all those who have experienced it. For many it is a life-changing and beneficial experience.

Applications for Monitor Training in 2018 are now closed. If you would like more information or to be placed on the mailing list for 2019 please email

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Interested in training as a Monitor?

As a Monitor you will lead a group of about 8 children and live as a member of the group: eating at their table, sleeping in their dorm, playing all their games, and joining in with all their activities. For many children the relationship with their Monitor is the highlight of their holiday.

Training takes place over a 7-day residential course, where trainees are provided with the resources and skills required to successfully lead a group of children on a Superweek. It includes both practical sessions as well as interactive seminar-based discussion, covering how to run activities, work with children in a pastoral role and the educational theory promoted by ATE. The course is intensive and challenging, but very rewarding.


2018 Training Course – Applications now open : Saturday 31st March – Saturday 7th April, 2018

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Applicants should be at least 17 years old (as of March 2018)

  • You must be able to attend the full training course (i.e. arriving in the afternoon on the first day and leaving after breakfast on the final day)

  • You must be available for at least ONE of the Superweek sessions in 2018:

    • 27th July –3rd August
    • 4th –11th August
    • 13th –20th August
    • 21st – 28th August

[Please refer to the application form for full terms and conditions of applying.]

Contribution to board and lodgings

The course is fully residential and we do ask for a one-off contribution of £180 towards your board and lodgings during the course.

It is very important to us that no-one is excluded from the course on financial grounds. In cases of financial hardship, a full or part subsidy may be available and in some cases we can also cover travel expenses. If you believe that this may be relevant please contact:

Please note after the training course ATE covers all Monitor expenses. Travel to and from Superweeks is fully reimbursed.

“The money not only covers your food and lodging but also a dedicated team of instructors working hard almost 24/7 to make your experience a good one.”


“Retrospectively, I would’ve paid more than double what I did for the privilege of attending”


Submitting an application:

  • Either fill in an online application form or print off and fill out a Printable Application Form and return it to us.
  • We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application
  • After the deadline we will contact you if your application has been successful
  • At that stage we will ask which week you could work in the summer, send you some further information about the course, and ask for a £50 non-refundable deposit
  • The balance of your £180 contribution for your board and lodgings should be paid before the 1st day of your training course

Submit your application now:

Submit Online Application
Printable Application Form


Our action-packed, 7-day training course is designed to prepare you for your ATE Superweek. You’ll learn 693 new ways to entertain children (and your friends when you go home. Interspersed with activity sessions, each day there’s a different discussion on topics like safety, health and hygiene, how to help children settle in and get over homesickness, going on expeditions, daily routine etc. The course is non-stop, challenging and extremely good fun.

Each holiday will usually have between six and nine Monitors, along with a Director, Assistant Director, Matron, Caterer and Domestic Staff. Read more about our Superweek staff here.

Yes, your training course and volunteer work with ATE can count towards a V-inspired Award and as a residential for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about this.

ATE is committed to supporting our volunteer staff with personal and professional development so ATE provides two free residential staff CPD weekends every year which are available to all staff, as well as a free magazine distributed three times a year to all staff. Monitors who have worked for three or more Superweeks  can apply to the Assistant Director (AD) training course, and ADs who have worked for three or more Superweeks can apply to the Director training course.

ATE’s Training Calendar:

Training Course Course Length Eligibility Time of year Available
Monitor Training Course* 7 days Age 17+* Easter Every year
Assistant Director (AD) Training Course* 5 days Existing Monitors only* May half term Every 2 years
Director Training Course* 5 days Existing ADs only* May half term Every 2 years
Summer Staff Weekend Friday evening – Sunday lunch Existing staff only June / July Every year
Christmas Staff Weekend Friday evening – Sunday lunch Existing staff only December Every year

*Application required

Feedback from our Trainees:

 “Going on the ATE Training Course was easily the best decision I have made for myself, possibly ever. I learned new things every day, both about how to actually do the job of being a Monitor, and about myself too.”


 “ATE is all about joining in and being yourself, and I promise to anyone who does the training course that they will not feel judged, embarrassed or alone.”


 “Everything that I learnt from ATE on the training course are skills that I will use whatever I do in life.”


“It helps you build countless skills on how to look after children”


“ I initially approached the course with apprehension, thinking it would be a week of health and safety coupled with rigid memorisation of rules, but this could not have been further from the truth. The training is extremely interactive and action packed. ”