The ten best back to school essentials

Kit your little ones out in style with the M&S range of clothing
Kit your little ones out in style with the M&S range of clothing

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Things to make life easier and better for you.

1 A4 ringbinder, 60p, from Tesco.

The supermarket has plenty of stationary half-price at the moment, including a selection of ringbinders (offer lasts until October 5).

2 Shoe labels and name stickers, £5.50, from BHS.

Once you’ve used these you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them. There’s 38 self-adhesive labels in this pack – just write your child’s name on and get sticking to everything from shoes to notebooks.

3 M&S ultimate non iron shirt, from £10 for a pack of three, girls knitted bootleg trousers, from £7 – pictured right.

You want a school uniform to make life as easy as possible for you, so non-iron items are a blessing.

Check out M&S’s value-for-money items to stock up on all those everyday essentials.

4 Casio calculator, £6.97, from WH Smith.

Everyone needs a little help with sums now and again and this calculator will make maths lessons more bearable for older children.

The GT plus is the UK’s best-selling scientific calculator.

5 Berol handwriting cart pen, £3, from Tesco.

Set them up for lessons with a smart handwriting pen. You get a free ink cartridge with it so it should see them through the term.

6 Khaki camouflage backpack, £12, from Debenhams.

This sturdy-looking back pack will hold all their school day essentials.

There’s plenty of side pockets to explore and padded back straps to take care of their shoulders.

7 Thermos cool tec lunch sack, £4.99, from

Most teenagers don’t want a picture of a superhero on their lunch box. This Thermos bag is the no-fuss alternative for older school children – and it makes sure their sarnies and drink stay cool during the day.

8 WH Smith exam set, £2.24.

Exams are a fact of life for school children. Take the hassle out of sitting them with this transparent pencil case It contains all the tools they are likely to need for their exam including a ruler, two ball-point pens, pencils, a sharpener plus eraser.

9 Hello Kitty lunch bag, £10, from Brantano – pictured on the front of Family Life.

Your girl will be the coolest kid in school with this pretty-in-pink lunch bag.

10 Asda shower resistant hooded jacket, from £9.

Now that the new school term has arrived, it won’t be long before the autumnal weather follows. Get ahead of the game by checking out deals on coats now. Asda has a good selection for boys and girls.

This light-weight jacket promises to protect them from unseasonal showers.