Getting organised for back to school can be hectic. With school books, uniforms, stationary, school bags and lunch boxes to purchase and new schedules to remember, it can be overwhelming if you leave everything to the last minute! So we have created a free 8 week back to school planner to help avoid last minute panics, in association with M&S Ireland, with week by week tips to remove the stress.
I don’t know about you but Back to School always ends up being a lot to organise. With my eldest in secondary school and the youngest about to start secondary, there’s a lot to get between books, bags and uniforms. Then you’re worrying about them growing after you’ve bought stuff as well!
We created a special 8 week plan to help parents, with weekly tips that you can read here and you can also download our free printable version if you want too!
Our free back to school planner makes getting back to school a breeze.
It’s free to download and print, we’ve even added to do lists and spaces for things to remember!
If you stick to the schedule you’ll be super organised come back to school time!
Marks & Spencer know what parents want from a school uniform: clothes that look smart, wash well and cope with the tree-climbing, grass-sliding play that happens in school and out.
Their innovations team have given their entire uniform range added superpowers. From StayNEW technology to weatherproof fabrics, all to save you time and stress. From stain resistant trousers and shorts to shirts with stretchy cuffs, Marks & Spencer have 17 amazing innovations built into their school uniforms!
Weekly Tips for Planning for Back to School
Week 1 Catch Those Early Birds!
Get your books and uniform organised to avail of any early bird discounts now. Check what crested bits your school requires and then you can shop around for non specific items.
Don’t miss out on saving 20% off new school uniforms by using the promo code SCHOOL at checkout when you shop online at M&S Ireland, until 2nd July 2019.
You might also enjoy reading Don’t Miss Our 10 Useful Hacks for School Uniforms
Week 2 – Schoolbags
Buy it when your child is there to avoid “I don’t like that one” and to make sure the size works for their height.
Check out our pick of the best Schoolbags for kids.
Week 3 – Stationery
Start buying your stationery bits, make sure any pencil case you buy is going to be big enough to hold all their bits and pieces.
PS Unicorns are still big!
Week 4 – Lunchbox
We have a list of the best lunchboxes recommended by parents. Make sure your child can open their new lunchbox easily, give it a trial run with them.
Week 5 – Budget for Back to School
Add in to your family budget for your September – December any school costs, e.g. insurance, voluntary contribution, next year’s Back to School savings etc so that you can plan for the extra expenditure.
Week 6 – Shoes
Time to buy the shoes and trainers. Read our Top Tips for Buying School Shoes. M&S have a handy footwear measuring guide that you can print off and use to measure your child’s feet to ensure the perfect fit every time.
Week 7 – Coat
Time to get their autumn (or winter) coat bought and check it fits over the new uniform.
You might also enjoy reading: 9 Essentials for When Your Child is Starting School
Week 8 – Dry run and final prep
The last week is all about the final prep. Here are 3 key things to do:
- Have your child try on the uniform and make sure everything still fits!
- Walk/drive the school route if it’s new to you, to make sure you know the way and can time it (bearing in mind increased traffic when schools are back!).
- And time to pick up those last minute bits!
You might also enjoy reading 21 Tips For Making Back To School Night Super Easy
Over to you now. Will you use our handy back to school planner? Or do you have any tips to make getting back to school easier? Please let us know in the comments below.