12 back-to-school essentials

We know, we know, you may have only just breathed a sigh of relief that sports day is over and the end-of-year fête is finished, but it’s (already) time to think about back to school. Trust us here, get the kids’ school supplies sorted now and it’ll save a load of stress when September comes flying round. When the other parents are panicking, you can give yourself a gold star – which is always a nice feeling.


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1. Find their footing

Kickers Disley Hi Childrens Shoes


Starting a new school year can be stressful so make sure uncomfy shoes aren’t part of the woes with a super sturdy and reliable pair from Kickers.

Kickers, Disley Hi Childrens Shoes, £49.99


2. Unicorns for days

Happy Sammies Backpack


We reckon you’d be hard pushed to find a cuter kids’ bag on the school pegs than this Happy Sammies triumph.

Happy Sammies, Backpack, £32.00


3. Box tick

The Happy News Set of 3 Storage Pots


Reduce waste packaging and introduce some sunny vibes into break time – even if it is drizzly – with these storage pots made for berries, dried fruit and other concoctions.

The Happy News, Set of 3 Storage Pots, £14.50


4. Got your back

BOSS Black Backpack


When school rules are strict, you can’t go wrong with this black backpack that’ll work for many a school year. Full marks all round…

BOSS, Black Backpack, £79.00


5. Lunch envy

Bobble Lunch Box


This sleek and stylish lunch box is so scrumptious we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to steal it for your own al-desko affair.

Bobble, Lunch Box, £11.99


6. Madagascar mood

Sara Miller Slim Pencil Case


Bring geography lessons to life with this lemur-loving pencil case. Colouring in just got a lot chicer…

Sara Miller, Slim Pencil Case, £20


7. Bottled beauty

Lund London Skittle Bottle


Keeping cold drinks cool for a whole 24 hours and avoiding unnecessary plastic, this bottle is a natural choice – and a stylish one too.

Lund London, Skittle Bottle, £30


8. To the stars

Therapy Galaxy Pen Set


Let their imaginations take flight with these galaxy pens that have short stories, poems and song lyrics written all over them.

Therapy, Galaxy Pen Set, £12


9. Happy feet

Totes Two Pack Socks


When getting shoes on is a challenge, these scary but sweet socks will make the ordeal all the more jolly. Plus, they double as hand puppets if motivational encouragement is required.

Totes, Two Pack Socks, £10


10. We heart

Cluse La Bohème Rose Gold Watch


When is a shoe not just a shoe? When it’s also a piece of customisable art like this pair that come with pens for colouring in the heart design.

Lelli Kelly, Colourissima School Shoes, £55.00


11. Fashion forecast

Polarn O. Pyret Navy Rain Jacket


There’s nothing worse than soggy uniform. Make this indispensable raincoat, with handy reflective strips for visibility, your dubious-weather saviour.

Polarn O. Pyret, Navy Rain Jacket, £35.00


12. In the running

Kangaroos Kids' Backyard Trainers


2pm P.E.? 4pm after-school sports? For budding athletes, these durable trainers are a must. Race you to the checkout.

Kangaroos, Kids' Backyard Trainers, £21.99