The Must-Have School Essentials For Your Kid



1. What essentials do you need for school? 

2. What clothes should you buy your child when they’re heading back to                  school? 

3. What school supplies will your kid need?


Your child has probably had a wonderful time this summer 🌊 but now it’s time to head back to school. As you prepare for the upcoming school year, it’s important to make sure that your kid has everything they need for the months ahead. GoStudent is here to make sure your child is well-prepared for going back to school, so keep reading to find out what you’ll need to stock up on!



What essentials do you need for school? 🏫


When your kid is getting ready for the school term ahead, you’ll need to think about what they’ll need in terms of stationery and supplies, as well as any new clothes and shoes they might need. Take all the guesswork out of getting your child ready for the new school year by consulting our helpful lists below!


What clothes should you buy your child when they’re heading back to school? 


Most kids will need an update to their wardrobe ahead of the new school term. 👖 Whether it’s gym clothes that are worn out or shoes that don’t fit anymore, you should go through your kid’s clothes and shoes before the start of the school year to determine what you need to buy. 


Here’s a list of some of the essentials your kid will need for the new school term:

  • School uniform: several shirts, trousers and skirts 
  • Socks and underwear
  • Black shoes
  • School tie (if required)
  • School blazer (if required)
  • Waterproof clothes
  • Gym bag 
  • Gym clothes (sneakers, sportswear and socks)
  • Clothes to wear outside of school 


Again, working out what you need to buy your child new (or second-hand and new to you) is an important part of this – most parents will know that their child likely won’t need a new school blazer or gym bag at the start of every school year. 👔 But making sure that your child has enough pairs of shirts that are appropriate for their school uniform is key, as you don’t want to be stuck trying to find a clean, white shirt while your kid’s only one is in the wash! While we’re on the topic of school uniforms, you may want to check out our look at the pros and cons of school uniforms – it may help prepare you for some conversations about this with your child. 


Beyond the necessary items your kid will need, it’s also a good idea to buy them a couple of outfits that they can wear for social occasions outside of school hours. 👗 As your kid gets older, they’ll usually start to take an interest in fashion and the way they dress – so to make sure your kid feels like they fit in with their peers, it’s best to let them play a part in deciding what clothes they want to wear outside of school. 


What school supplies will your kid need? ✏️


When it comes to school supplies and stationery, a general shopping list looks something like this: 


  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Pencil case
  • Lunch box
  • Notebooks 
  • Folders
  • Pens and pencils
  • Colouring pens/crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Calculator


What to buy is up to you as a parent as well as your kid – it’s always wise to look over what your kid currently has and assess whether anything needs to be replaced before you head out for back-to-school shopping. 🎒 


For example, few kids get a brand new backpack every single year, because most children can easily use the same backpack for a couple of years. Similarly, pencil cases and lunch boxes rarely have to be bought new every year, but you’ll find that certain items will definitely need to be replaced every year. Notebooks, pens/pencils and erasers should be bought new (or second-hand) every year, so your kid will be ready for another year of learning. 


Now that your child is fully stocked up on everything they need for the new school term, you may also consider whether tutoring could help your kid gain a better understanding of concepts they’re struggling with, or deepen their knowledge in a field they’re interested in. 📝 At GoStudent, we have a fantastic group of tutors ready to get to work, and you can have a read of our top 3 reasons why online tutoring can help your kid


We hope this guide helps you and your kid get ready for the next school term. The back-to-school rush can come on rather suddenly for busy parents, so make sure you’re prepared for your child going back to school by reading our helpful guide, which will answer any question you may have – including when school is starting and what Covid-19 measures may be in place to safeguard the children. We hope the next term brings a lot of growth to you and your child, and we’re here to help if you need any extra support – check out our prices and arrange a free trial if you’re interested!