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The best back to school uniform for primary school children

Section: Nursery & School
School uniform

It’s that time again. Your children are quickly growing up (sobs) and heading back for another year at school - or maybe for their first year.

School uniform is one of the most important parts of school life, and every establishment has different requirements. At some schools, you'll be able to buy your little one's smart black trainers, whereas others won't let them through the door.

Before you buy, make sure you take the time to get to know your child's school uniform guidelines. 

It might sound like common sense, but you're going to end up spending so much money on essentials like polo tops.

To make life easier when your girls and boys are getting taller, we've pulled together this list of some of the best items needed for school.

Think warm sweatshirts, comfortable trousers, cute pinafore dresses and smart black shoes! Don't forget to grab them a great rucksack, too.

Best school uniform 2021

Watch your little sunflower grow in this sweatshirt. The sizes do come up slightly bigger for the age range, but this is good to give them room to sprout up. A baggy fit is better than buying new jumpers every couple of months. With colours available from classic navy to yellow and green jumpers, you'll find the right one for your kid's school. 

Kids don’t have to be taking part in arts and crafts to cover themselves in everything. Whether it's their lunch, dirt from the playground or stains from their handwriting pen, you name it - it'll be down them. This durable shirt will still look fantastic after regular washing and shouldn’t crease too much. Well, if you get it straight out of the washing machine anyway.

These simple strap shoes feature silver-coloured stars, so they're bound to be a favourite with the kids. They have cushioned padding and Micro-Fresh® technology to prevent odours developing, as well as being scruff-resistant.

Want smart trousers that’ll withstand outdoor play all year round? Pick this pleated pair for your boy to rock at school. To ensure he’s comfortable all day, the waist adjuster gives him plenty of room. Plus, it comes with a belt to ensure they fit as best as possible.

This blue gingham school dress is a perfect uniform staple. Designed with stain repellent properties - plus, it comes in a range of colours. The dress features cute detailing from frills to flower-shaped buttons. 

These pinafores both look good and are affordable, ranging from ages 4-13. They're on-the-knee length and have a permanent pleat for easy ironing. Perfect for warm autumn and summer days, this pack of pinafores should be a staple for any girls’ school wardrobe. 

Beautifully designed with debossed heart detailing and diamontes, these schools shoes are a winner with youngsters. They will support your child’s heels and ankles as they continue to grow. Plus, they are tough and durable on the outside but super comfy on the inside.

Available in grey, navy or black, these high-waisted pleated skirts are ideal for school use. Made from polyester, they have a zip fastening at the side and are a comfortable fit.

These gingham summer dresses bring back some memories, don't they? Whatever colour scheme your child's school has, there will be one to suit. The sizes range from age three upwards, and you'll even receive a sweet matching bobble. 

Kickers have revamped their staple design with the Kick Mid Scuff. If you find yourself worrying about your little ones getting through their school shoes too quickly, don't. Wear and tear have met their match with these shoes as they're scuff resistant and designed to handle scrapes. Incredible stuff!

This pack of three polo shirts are great for refreshing your child’s uniform throughout the week. Part of TU’s Savvy School range, these shirts are stain resistant and do not require any ironing. 

While the weather is still warm, your little one will need to stay cool in the classroom, and we think the best way to do this is with these shorts. Available in ages 3 to 13 years, this two-pack is fantastic value. 

For less than a cup of coffee, you can take these home plimsolls for your child's PE class - they're an absolute bargain. 

How adorable is this gingham school playsuit? Ok, so it is just a variation of a summer dress, but it's amazing nevertheless... Available in blue or red, kids aged three to 13 can wear this comfortably in the summer months. 

Does your little one have to wear a shirt to school? Pick up this pack of shirts in white, grey, cream or blue. Remember to always follow school uniform guidelines. It's good to know that these are available in sizes two to three years, right up to 16 years. 

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  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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