The 2019 Back To School UK Product Guide

Grab those pencils and books and make sure the Summer homework is done, because back-to-school season is just around the corner. Are you panicking yet?

Whether you’re preparing your children for their very first day of school or it’s just another year; before any return to school, college, university or another type of education, it's always best to make a list of the essential supplies. You might even need new stationery for the office too!  

Whether you're starting from scratch or sorting through supplies of year's past, we’ve put together a guide for all the essentials, which are broken down by product type. 

Retailers big and small across the UK, really know their stuff when it comes to stationery and school equipment. Make sure to start your online shopping today with forward2Me and we’ll make sure your shopping gets forwarded direct to your address. 


Essential Stationery Suppliers

We’ll get started with the core products that fit into school, college or university bags the humble stationery collection. Whether you need a set of new pens or a complete refresh of your supplies, the below websites have an almost limitless selection of essentials. Whether you go with the big brands or look for a smaller, more creative supplier, make sure to get browsing early.

Amazon UK

We couldn’t do a product guide without suggesting the giant that is Amazon UK. With thousands of products at low prices, the choice is overwhelming! Choose from collections of products, that are great for students of all ages and look out for awesome lightning deals for more savings.
Visit the stationery section here

Paper Things

If you are looking for some added charm in your school supply shopping, head over to the collection offered by Paper Things. They may be small but they still offer a great selection of items for prices that make sense for the bank of mum & dad. In addition to the essential stationery items, they also offer educational books and craft supplies, ideal for work and play.

Currently, they have a dedicated back to school range and a 50% off sale for all you stationery bargain hunters.

Check out their full back to school section here


Most school children in the UK will have visited a WHSmiths store at some point during their studies. They are the classic back to school shop in the UK with a great range across all the school essentials, plus they also stock tech and office essentials, making it perfect for the whole family.

Plus, until the 13th September, they are offering £5 off a spend of £20 or more!
Get ahead of the crowd and shop here


The team at Moleskine are some of the UK’s most respected stationery manufacturers. Their collection of notebooks, planners, bags and more are all made with care and simply ooze quality.

The averages prices are a little more than the other suppliers featured, but that shouldn’t make you look elsewhere. Most of their products also come with an option to add a personalised message too!

Visit their website for more details.


The Best of Educational Books 

When the hard work of the school day is done, there is often a few homework or revision tasks to get on with. At forward2Me, we’re not fans of homework, but we’ve picked out the textbook suppliers you can rely on for extra study help.


The people at CGP really know how to make an educational textbook. The full range runs from reception years, all the way upto A Level subjects. What's more, is that every book is written by subject experts and filled with their trademark puns and jokes, to keep revision form being too boring!

The Book People

It wouldn’t be a proper list of book suppliers without The Book People. As you would expect from the name, these guys know their stuff about educational and activity textbooks, as well as fiction & non fiction literature. To help you save for the next school holidays, they are offering a great 15% off orders over £25.

Amazon UK

Originally, a book seller themselves, Amazon hasn't shied away from adding to their vast collection of literature. Thousands of sellers are likely to sell any book (or e-book) that you need! On top of this, Amazon offer their Prime service for exclusive items and faster delivery, which now comes with 10% off for Prime student members.


The Best Labels in Fashion, Footwear & Technology

To top off the school selection, are a few retailers at the height of fashion and practicality. From bags and shoes to coats and technology, our featured retailers are the best places for the needs of any pupil or student.


For the pick of the bunch of school bags, your first stop should be Zalando. The range of bags are all big enough for everything student needs, plus feature some of the brands of the moment, as well as brands focussed on practicality over style. With prices currently from £7, there’s a school bag for every pocket.


Out of all the footwear retailers available, we love the offering from Nike currently. Although some schools are limited to plain black shoes, Nike are the top choice for sports shoes for those breaktime or sports lesson activities. As well as shoes, Nike have their own range of jackets, coats and bags for the fashion-conscious student amongst you.

Sports Direct

School days and sports go hand in hand across the world and the chances are that you’ll need to get some new sports gear as well as the usual study essentials.

Here in the UK, Sports Direct is the home to all the kit for most mainstream sports taught in schools, usually at great prices. Plus, you’ll get an excuse to own an extra-large novelty mug too!


Known for their vast warehouse-like stores across the UK, Staples is a source of unlimited stationery and office supply equipment. For those older students starting college or university, a desk or chair may well be on the shopping list, as well as a new laptop or printer. 


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