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)
The KS2 timetable variation (TTV) window for each assessment will also move back one day, in accordance with this change.
There will be no changes to arrangements for our other assessments, including KS2 teacher assessments, key stage 1 tests and teacher assessments, the phonics screening check and the multiplication tables check. Dates and deadlines for these assessments remain as previously announced.