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September means back to school for kids around the world – even if for many 'school' will be their front room – so they'll be needing back to school cheap school supplies for when the class bell rings. Regardless of whether they'll be working from home or attending class, we've got a good idea of what those supplies will be. Whether it's a sturdy laptop, a cheap iPad, a quality printer, or essential clothing, we've found the very best prices on all the essential back to school supplies.

On this page we've divided all the key cheap school supplies into clear categories for you to browse. Just click on the category that's relevant to you, then choose the best looking deal. Don't miss our round up of the best student discounts available now, as well as our guide to the Apple back to school sales. There's some great savings to be had, and if your child is going back to physical school, check out our pick of where to buy kids face masks. Need design software? See how to get Creative Cloud.

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Back to School Apple iPad deals

The best Back to School iPad deals: US

Apple iPad | 10.2-inch | 32GB | $459 | $359 at Amazon
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: The latest model of iPad for $100 less! This 32GB model comes in Space Gray, has a beautiful 10.2-inch screen, an A10 Fusion chip, and an 8MP rear facing camera and a 1.2MP front facing camera. 

Apple iPad | 128GB |$429 | $419 at B&H Photo
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: This model comes with a 10.2-inch Retina Display with a 2160 x 1620 resolution is powerful and beautiful. With up to 10 hours battery life, it's a tablet to take when you're on the move, too.

Apple iPad Air 2 | Renewed | $399 | $269 at Amazon
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: This is a great deal on a refurbished iPad Air 2. The refurbished model works and looks like new, and has a 90-day returns policy to back it up, and with a saving of $120, it's one of the best deals going.  

The best Back to School iPad deals: UK

Apple iPad Pro | 11-inch | 64GB | £919 | £749 at John Lewis
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: A massive saving on a super fast, iPad Pro. We don't expect this deal to be around for long, what with its A12X Bionic core, 64GB storage, and the fact that there's a two-year guarantee included. 

Apple iPad | 10.2-inch | 32GB | £360 | £334.99 at Laptops Direct
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: This 2019 model sports a fast A10 Fusion processor, 32GB storage and a beautiful 10.2-inch display. With touch ID and a 8MP rear camera, this is a cracking iPad for all school needs. 

Apple iPad Pro | 12.9-inch | 64GB | £1,119 | £999 at John Lewis
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: If you're after the higher end iPad – the 2018 edition of the iPad Pro – then this is currently the best deal there is. A huge £200 off the retail price. A fantastic tablet, with a 2-year warrantee. 

Apple iPad Mini | 64GB | £399 | £389 at Amazon
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: This is a solid deal on the latest model, which comes in Space Grey. It has a 7.9-Inch Retina display with true Tone and wide colour, a A12 Bionic Chip, and with its 10-plus battery life, it'll be perfect for all that home work! 

Back to School laptop deals

The best Back to School laptop deals: US

Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 Laptop: $399.99 | $342.99 at Dell
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: A great saving of $106 on a great laptop – the Inspiron 11 3000 is a 2-in-1 laptop that's truly versatile. It's a laptop, and it's a tablet, and with an 11-inch screen, it also comes with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a 7th Generation AMD A9-9420e processor.

MacBook Air + free AirPods | $899/£899 at Apple
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: If you buy a new MacBook Air, Apple will throw in a pair of their AirPods for free. The 13-inch MacBook Air is a beautiful laptop, with 256GB SSD, and a 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor; the AirPods are about as stylish as headphones get!

HP 2-in-1 |14-inchChromebook | $629 | $499 at Best Buy
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: If you're a student, you can get this 14-inch 2-in-1, touch-screen laptop with a massive $130 saving. A great allrounder laptop, thin, light, and powerful enough for ever student.

The best Back to School laptop deals: UK

Vostro Notebooks 3591 | £736.92 | £479 at Dell
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: This is an amazing saving – a huge £307 off a really great 15-inch Dell laptop that comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Hurry though, as Dell deals are notoriously short lived!

Surface Pro 7 | £899 | £789  at Currys
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: If you're looking for a powerful, elegant and versatile tablet (laptop if you get the Surface Pro Type Cover), this is the deal for you. 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and a beautiful 12.3-inch display, this is one of our favourite hybrids out there.

ACER Aspire 1 | 14-inch | £249 | £199 at Currys
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: This cracking 14-inch Windows 10 S powered laptop comes with 4GB RAM and 64 storage, and a full HD screen, and all for the modest price of £199! Stocks are very limited.

Back to School headphones deals

The best Back to School headphones deals: US

Sony Wireless headphones | $59.99 | $38 at Best Buy
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: Great quality at a great price, these Sony wireless headphones are a great all-rounder, whether that's taking in remote classes, or listening to your favourite music. 

Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling | $249.99 | $178 at Best Buy
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: This is a massive saving off a great pair of noise cancelling, over ear headphones. They have a snug fit, crystal clear audio quality, and all for under $200. 

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case | $159 | $129 at Staples
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: Apple AirPods aren't going out of style anytime soon, so to see a great saving like this on these 2nd Gen headphones is a nice surprise – especially when that includes the wireless charging case.

Apple AirPods Pro: $249.95| $234.95 at B&H
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: The Apple AirPods Pro come with active noise-cancellation and super comfortable silicone ear tips, not to mention a rich, high-quality audio quality, so it's nice to see the price of this top quality earbuds knocked down a bit.

The best Back to School headphones deals: UK

DOQAUS Bluetooth Headphones | Wireless | £89.99 | £29.59 at Amazon
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: You can save a massive 60% off these cool wireless, over-ear headphones, which boast 52 hours play time, and a seriously comfortable fit. This is the best savings on headphones we've found!

Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones | £150 | £99.99 at Amazon
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: These wireless Bluetooth headphones offer the audio quality that you'd expect from Sony. And knocking £50 off noise-cancelling headphones will mean this deal won't last long.

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case | £200 | £149 at LaptopsDirect
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: Apple AirPods aren't going out of style anytime soon, so to see a massive saving like this on these 2nd Gen headphones is a nice surprise – especially when that includes the wireless charging case.

Apple AirPods Pro: £249| £199.97 at LaptopsDirect
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: The Apple AirPods Pro come with active noise-cancellation and super comfortable silicone ear tips, not to mention a rich, high-quality audio quality. A bargain for less than £200.

Back to School printer deals

The best Back to School printers deals: US

Canon PIXMA TR4520 Printer | $69.99 | $59.99 at Best Buy
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: This is a great allrounder for most home needs. It's a subtle printer that'll fit neatly in any room, and with the Canon app, you can print, scan or fax to your hearts content at the push of a button.

Epson WorkForce Pro | $149.99 | $99.99 at Best Buy
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: This is the best current deal on a quality home printer that we can find. It's a wireless, inkjet printer, and with a huge $50 saving, it's a quality piece of kit.
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The best Back to School printers deals: UK

HP DeskJet | £50 | £39.99 at Amazon
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: This is the cheapest, quality printer that we could find. It's wireless, can scan and copy whatever you need, and is plug and go compatible with any software. A bargain!
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HP OfficeJet Pro | £123 | £114.99 at Amazon
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: This is a fantastic quality printer, and it comes with a three-year warranty for free. It's got a 250-sheet input, so you won't have to waste time feeding it with paper. 

Back to School software deals

The best Back to School software deals

Save 65% on Adobe Creative Cloud | Students & Teachers at Adobe (opens in new tab)
Right now, you can save 65% on the Adobe Creative Cloud suite subscription if you're either a student or a teacher. This will give you access to all the Creative Cloud apps including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. That's a massive saving of £33.70 a month!

Office 365 Education is FREE at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
All students can get access to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Teams right now for free. Simply enter your school email address to receive the free software.

On this page you'll find our pick of the best back to school deals of 2020, plus some quick links to popular retailers so you can browse the sales at your leisure. But remember, it's also worth keeping an eye out for the forthcoming Amazon Prime Day 2020, where there'll be an even more expanded amount of deals to make the most of. Be sure to visit our page to find out more.

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Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need. 

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