12 back-to-school essentials

The summer holidays are finally here, but before you pack away the uniforms and box up the books, it's worth spending the time getting next year's school essentials sorted before holiday mode takes over. From smart shoes to stationery so good you'll wish you kept it for yourself, here are the back-to-school essentials that'll get your kids off to a flying start come September.

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1. Case in point

Sara Miller Parrots Pencil Case

Beautiful stationery makes light of hard work and little ones will be itching to get cracking when they’ve got as gorgeous a pencil case as this one.

Sara Miller, Parrots pencil case, £20

2. Happy thoughts

NPW Positive Pens

A little encouragement goes a long way and these pens, each featuring a cheery saying, will give school stars that little boost they need.

NPW, Positive Pens, £8.50

3. Thirsty work

Asobu Flavour It 2 Go Water Bottle, Red

We all know keeping hydrated is key to concentration but sometimes water just isn’t that tempting. The infusion section of this bottle means you can pop in all manner of fruit and be left with a flavour that’s much more appealing.

Asobu, Flavour It 2 Go Water Bottle, £12.99

4. Touch down

Kangaroos Kids Backyard Trainer

Budding athletes will find these trainers more than keep up, in performance with their non-marking soles and in the style arena.

Kangaroos, Kids Backyard Trainers, £21.99

5. Shoulder to shoulder

Superdry Trinity Montana Rucksack

A great school bag is one that fits everything in without being too overbearing and uncomfortable. This one scores full marks on practicality and aces on the fashion front too.

Superdry, Trinity Montana Rucksack, £34.99

6. Colour in

Lelli Kelly Girls Colour School Dolly Star Shoes

The trendiest shoe in the playground this September? These Lelli Kelly shoes, which come with colourful pens for customising the star design.

Lelli Kelly, Girls' Colour School Dolly Star Shoes, £55

7. Fruit crush

Sunnylife Watermelon Eco Lunch Box

This bold lunch box is almost as tempting as the food you’ll pop inside. Dishwasher safe too, it’s a win win.

Sunnylife, Watermelon Eco Lunch Box, £13

8. Got you covered

Polarn O. Pyret Kids Navy Rain Coat

Forecast: rainy. Solution: an understated raincoat to layer seamlessly over a uniform.

Polarn O. Pyret, Kids Navy RainCoat, £35

9. Making waves

Pepe Jeans Guido Swimwear

Practical? Check. Stylish? Check. Keep his swim kit looking great with some statement but not too outlandish swim shorts.

Pepe Jeans, Guido Swimwear, £22

10. Time to shine

Cluse La Bohème Rose Gold Watch

Alongside the sea of navy, white and black, a watch is the school-goers opportunity to accessorise. Choose a grown-up and sophisticated watch like this and although she’s wearing a uniform, she’ll still feel she’s got on a touch of glamour.

Cluse, La Bohème Rose Gold Watch, £79.95

11. Cosy toes

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Small Flag Logo Stripe 2 Pack Socks

Colourful socks make sorting through the drying a whole lot easier and getting socks and shoes on a mile more fun.

Tommy Hilfiger, Boys Small Flag Logo Stripe 2 Pack Socks, £9

12. Well drawn

Jigsaw Flamingo Melon Drawstring Bag

Give P.E. proceedings a taste of the tropics with a drawstring bag in everyone’s favourite summer motif – the flamingo.

Jigsaw, Flamingo Melon Drawstring Bag, £19