Back-to-school with the Radfords as they share the organisational hacks which help them get 22 kids up and ready

BRITAIN’S biggest family is heading back to school today and mum-of-22 Sue Radford has shared her organisational hacks. 

The large brood, from Lancashire, laid out their uniforms and bags last night to prepare for the school rush today. 

Sue revealed how five of her 22 kids are preparing for lessons today (Monday August 31), and wrote: “All set for the 5 primary school children going back tomorrow.

“I also can’t believe it’s Phoebe’s first day at school tomorrow she’s so so excited bless her. #bigfamilylogistics.”

The Instagram photo showed how everything was organised in advance, from their water bottles to socks laid out on top of their uniforms. 

Sue, 45, and Noel, 49, are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, four, Archie, two, Bonnie, one and Heidie, four months.

Sadly, the couple's 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.

The couple famously don’t claim any benefits apart from Child Benefit and rely on Noel’s bakery business to make ends meet.

Sue has admitted her weekly shopping bill is hiked by £100 – to £350 – when the kids are home from school.

Last week, Sue shared a photo of a number of boxes of shoes piled high on the family’s kitchen table – ahead of the majority of her brood returning to lessons.

She previously told The Sun: "If I'm doing a packed lunch for everybody, it’s two loaves of bread, three packets of sausage rolls, 24 packets of crisps, a bottle of cordial, it’s massive.”

She added of the school holidays: “The house does get messy. It’s the school holidays, I think you’ve just got the accept that.

"I gut the house when the kids go to bed, rather than constantly doing it during the day.

"You would be constantly cleaning up after them, all day long, otherwise.

"It takes two to three hours to clean up after them all, the kids can make an awful lot of mess very quickly.

"The laundry is non-stop during the school holidays, too. I do about three loads-a-day in my 18kg washing machine."

A standard washing machine takes just 7kg, so that would be between seven and eight daily washes for you or me.


Time spent tidying every week: 14-21 hours

Weekly food bill: £350

One meal out: £150 plus

One cinema trip: £100 plus

Clothes washes: 3 daily in an 18kg machine

Suitcases for every holiday: 7

Packed lunch: 2 loaves of bread, 3 packets of sausage rolls, 24 packets of crisps

Sue and Noel have admitted isolating with their huge family has been chaotic at times, especially as Sue gave birth to their 22nd child during lockdown. 

Sue and husband Noel added another little girl weighing 7lb to their king-sized clan on April 3.

The couple revealed her name is Heidie Rose.

In other Radford news, we told you how pregnant Millie Radford is impatiently waiting the birth of her daughter.

And the mum-of-22 took her bumper brood for post lockdown haircuts.

Plus we told you how Sue has got a sweet tattoo in tribute to stillborn son Alfie.

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