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.

The 2017 Monitors Training Course will run Monday 10th April – Monday 17th April and will take place at Edgmond Hall, near Telford.





Applications for Monitor Training in 2017 are now closed. If you would like more information or to be placed on the mailing list for 2018 please email


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

“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.”

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

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

– Trainees

Interested in training as a Monitor?

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

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.


2017 Monitor Training Course – Applications now closed

Running Monday 10th April – Monday 17th April.

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Applicants should be at least 17 years old (as of March 2017)
  • You must be able to attend the full training course
  • You must be available for at least ONE of the Superweek sessions in 2017:
    • 28th July –4th August
    • 5th –12th 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 £170 towards your board and lodgings.

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.”

“The things that worried me the most prior to the training were having to give money to attend the course, and giving up a week of my precious time for what felt like not much of a reason. Retrospectively I would’ve paid more than double what I did for the privilege of attending”

– Trainees


Submitting an application process

  • 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 £170 contribution for your board and lodgings should be paid before the 1st day of your training course


The life of a Monitor

Many people have described their Monitor’s course and their work on ATE Superweeks as a huge confidence boost, immensely rewarding, and a uniquely happy experience. Additionally, it is an opportunity to meet interesting people from around the UK, and overseas.

The role of Monitor is a voluntary one. This is deliberate and is a very important part of the ATE ethos, meaning that the staff who work most directly with the children are there because they want to be there, not because they need to earn money.

Despite this lack of financial reward, the commitment, passion and dedication of this group of young adults is outstanding and is what makes the holidays so positive. Many of our volunteers take so much from the experience that they choose to return to us year after year, enjoying the many benefits of being part of the ‘ATE community’.

In addition to working in the summer ATE provides free ‘in-service’ training and support to its volunteer staff with:

  • feedback and goals for improvement at the end of each Superweek
  • a free magazine (called the ATEam) which is distributed to staff three times each year
  • 2 residential staff weekends each year, which are both an opportunity for CPD, and general fun and games

Many of our trainees who have been thinking about going into teaching have found the experience useful for making up their minds about their careers intentions and has given them valuable experience working with children, as well as in other walks of life

“ATE has provided me with a vast range of skills which I regularly use in my life as a teacher.”

– An ATE Director and Teacher

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Printable Application Form

Working for ATE can be far more than a week or two during the summer holidays in 2017; it’s a chance to develop skills and build friendships for life. The ethos and work of ATE has been developed over 50 years during which time we have developed and continually improved its unique approach to working with children.