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 Fragma Lace Up Kids 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, Fragma Lace Up Kids Shoes, £41.99


2. Black is the new black 

United States Polo Association Casey Medium Backpack


A timeless classic, this simple, pared-back gym bag from United States Polo Association will last for years to come. P.E made easy.

United States Polo Association, Bump Gym Bag, £96.00


3. Box tick

Swarovski Crystalline stardust pen


Let their penmanship run wild with this extra special silver crystal pen by Swarovski, their pencil case will be the talk of the classroom with this luxury addition.

Swarovski, Crystalline stardust pen, £45.00


4. Got your back

Valentino Bags Unicorno Backpack


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

Valentino Bags, Unicorno Backpack, £68.00


5. Lunch envy

HIP Purpose Bento 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.

HIP, Purpose Bento Box, £8.00


6. Well-equipped

Jack Wills Walburn Stripe Pencil Case


Bring lessons to life with this aqautic-themed pencil case. Colouring in just got a lot chicer…

Jack Wills, Walburn Stripe Pencil Case, £6.50


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, £21.00


8. Dream big

Paul Smith Small Notebook Sn00


Start the new school year with the biggest ambitions with this rainbow notebook from Paul Smith. 

Paul Smith, Small Notebook Sn00, £15.00



9. Fashion forecast

Little Marc Jacobs Girls Hooded Transparent Raincoat


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

Little Marc Jacobs, Girls Hooded Transparent Raincoat, £125.00


10. In the running

Asics GT Xpress Junior Running Shoes


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

Asics, GT Xpress Junior Running Shoes, £35.00