10 back-to-school essentials

The new school year will feel a little different this year. After months of uncertainty and disruption, it will be a moment for children to reunite with their friends and get back to the 'new normal'. But, if we've learnt one thing this year: it's that September will be here before we know it. So, now is the moment to start planning. 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. Black is the new black 

DKNY Casey Medium Backpack


A timeless classic, this simple, pared-back black backpack from DKNY will last for years to come. 

DKNY, Casey Medium Backpack, £96.00


3. Box tick

Back to School 4 Section Lunchbox


Reduce waste packaging and introduce some sunny vibes into break time – even if it is drizzly – with this clever lunchbox that will help keep snacks, sarnies and everything else in its rightful place.

Back to School, 4 Section Lunchbox, £3.99


4. Got your back

BOSS Black Backpack


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

DKNY, 068B Backpack, £9.99


5. Lunch envy

Berghoff 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.

Berghoff, Lunch Box, £16.00


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, £14


7. Bottled beauty

Soma Glass Water Bottle


The perfect fusion of style and function, this sleek glass bottle is lightweight and durable enough to carry around all day, plus free of any nasty chemicals. 

Soma, Glass Water Bottle, £21


8. Dream big

Therapy Galaxy Pen Set


Start the new school year with the biggest ambitions with this sweet notebook from Radley. 

Radley, Notebook, £12



9. Fashion forecast

Napapijri Rainforest Jacket


There’s nothing worse than soggy uniform. Make this indispensable raincoat, with a handy front pocket, your dubious-weather saviour.

Napapijri, Rainforest Jacket, £96.00


10. 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.

Timberland, Emerald Bay Trainers, £88