2023 SATs

In 2023, SATs tests will be given to children in Year 6 (KS2 SATs).

2023 KS2 SATs

The 2023 KS2 SATs will take place in the week commencing 9th May 2023. The tests will take place over four days.

Children in Year 6 (those aged 10-11 or those born between September 2010 and August 2011 inclusive) will take these tests in their normal school classrooms (in the UK). SATs papers will be taken in Maths, Reading and SPaG under formal exam conditions. These papers will be marked externally whilst separate teacher assessments in Writing and Science will be marked by their teachers.

Due to the 2020 SATs being cancelled, it is not currently decided whether the KS2 SATs in 2023 will include a separate KS2 Science 'sampling' SATs paper.

2023 will be the seventh year of 'new-style' SATs tests under the new national curriculum.

To help prepare children for the 2023 KS2 SATs, you are able to download the 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 papers free of charge. Whilst not working to the same curriculum, KS2 SATs Papers from 2015 (and before) are still useful to aid preparation.

2023 KS2 SATs
2023 KS2 SATs Papers

2023 KS2 SATs Dates

Date Exam
Monday 9 May 2023 Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 1
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 2
Tuesday 10 May 2023 English Reading
Wednesday 11 May 2023 Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)
Thursday 12 May 2023 Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

2023 SATs Results

Each school's results will be made available to their headteachers in July 2023 via the NCA tools website. Every school's performance will be made public in December 2023 to create the 2023 school league tables.

If you are interested in seeing how your child's school performed in the 2023 SATs then look at the Department for Education (DfE) website that maintains up to date and historical school league tables.

2023 KS1 SATs?

The 2022-2023 KS1 SATs tests are not scheduled to happen. Instead of KS1 SATs, children in Reception get a 'teacher-led' Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA).

This decision was taken in 2017 as a result of several parent pressure groups aruging that exams for Year 2 are not beneficial and only add to children's stress levels.


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