PAT Testing in Schools
We can complete a PAT test in primary schools during the term, starting early to get classrooms done before the children come in but recommend pat testing in schools of secondary level are only done during the school holidays due to their size.
PAT Test Primary School
PAT test primary school: We PAT test many primary level schools, and find the best way to do it is to do them during the school holidays, but if you need them doing during term time we can accommodate you. We like to get in early when the school is opened up, to get the classrooms complete before the pupils or staff get in. Then when the school day starts we will concentrate on other areas such as offices, staff rooms, etc.
A school in Whitley Bay said this of our service: “DRA attended school to carry out PAT of equipment. Engineer was very efficient, pleasant and completed the inspection within the day”.
Frequency of PAT Testing in Schools
This is where an opportunity presents itself for schools to save some money but few take it up; only equipment used by the students needs testing annually yet most schools get everything tested every year, wasting hundreds or even thousands of precious pounds.
We work with our school clients to ensure the pat testing frequency is appropriate to the risks involved. What this often means is most equipment, such as the appliances used by staff need only testing once every 2-4 years. What we tend to recommend is the staff equipment kept in classrooms is tested every 2 years, and the equipment in offices every 3-4 years. We take everything in to consideration to ensure the frequency of pat testing in schools is most appropriate for the risks and best for the school budget. After all, being a parent of a school age child, I understand that the school should spend every available penny on a Childs education.
PAT testing in schools can be a simple process, and the way we do it minimises disruption to you.
Recently a teacher friend of mine told me about how her school had the PAT testers in from the local council, charging them £2.50 per item! She’d got into work early to set up for an important day – she had all her windows open on her PC, set up on her interactive whiteboard ready for the kids to come in.
The PAT tester appeared in her classroom, said he was there to PAT test and walked straight over to her desk and pulled out all the plugs before she had a chance to say “hey don’t unplug them!”. Then he said “tough, I need to test them”; all her hard work preparing for the day ahead was ruined.
I know how annoying this is, which is why we do not ever do this. No matter where we are working we always ask the user to shut down their PC.
Electrical equipment in a school presents a relatively high risk due to it being used by many people regularly, and as we all know, not all children look after things, so there is a high chance of damage occurring. With that in mind equipment used by students should be tested on an annual basis.
Equipment in the offices could be tested less frequently.
What Ofsted needs for PAT testing
For Ofsted inspections you ned to have up to date PAT testing certificates; we provide every client with a certificate and fully itemised report, within a few days of the job completing, so you are always compliant. More information is available on the Caretakers Guide for Ofsted.
We carry out PAT testing in schools all over the North East of England.
How often should your school PAT testing be carried out?
Appliances used by students should be tested every year; equipment only used by staff could benefit from an increased interval between tests (24 months on average)
PAT Testing in Secondary Schools and Colleges
Secondary sized schools and colleges can have thousands of appliances, so getting around them during the school day is difficult for us and disruptive for you, so we don’t recommend it.
We recommend that such schools have their PAT testing done on weekends, or ideally during school holidays.
During the holidays there is little chance of disruption being caused and we can cover all areas and rooms, so it is unlikely anything will be missed.
The business manager of a North Shields’ school said this “DRA Provided us with a first class service. They were quick and reliable and very efficent. I would recommend them. We will be using them this year again they were in and out the school within a week testing nearly 5000 items.”
PAT test Nursery Schools
Nursery schools PAT testing is a bit easier to manage; there isn’t going to be any disruption to education so equipment can be tested during the normal working day.