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Key Stage 2 SATs Information

KS2 National timetable:

An additional bank holiday in honour of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Monday 8 May 2023. As this date had previously been announced as the first day of the 2023 key stage 2 (KS2) test week in England, a change to the KS2 test schedule next year will be necessary.

Ministers have considered the situation carefully and have decided that KS2 tests will take place in the same week with tests following the usual order but each taking place one day later than originally planned. As such, the new schedule will be:
  • Tuesday 9 May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) papers 1 (questions) and 2 (spelling)
  • Wednesday 10 May: English reading paper
  • Thursday 11 May: mathematics papers 1 (arithmetic) and 2 (reasoning)
  • Friday 12 May: mathematics paper 3 (reasoning) 

Tuesday 9th May 2023

Wednesday 10th May 2023

Thursday 11th May 2023

Friday 12th May 2023





Grammar Paper 1: short answers (45 minutes)

Paper 2: spelling (approx. 15 minutes)

Reading (1 hour)


Paper 1: Arithmetic

(30 minutes)

Paper 2: Reasoning

(40 minutes)


Paper 3: Reasoning

(40 minutes)

Link to previous papers:

The Government have created a parent guide and short video to explain the process: Key stage 1 and 2 national curriculum tests: information for parents - GOV.UK (