School Development Support Agency

Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People

Our Values: Collaboration - because new possibilities emerge when ideas come together
Value Collaboration
Our Values:  Creativity - because experience improves when personal expression matters
Value Creativity
Our Values:  Conviction - because life has integrity when heart and mind are both engaged
Value Conviction
Our Values:  Participation - because life improves when people are shaping their own future
Value Participation
Our Values:  Equality - because potential is wasted when unnecessary barriers remain
Value Equality

Welcome to the SDSA website

Formed in 2000 by central government as a school improvement organisation to support Leicester City Council, the SDSA has since broadened its remit to become a highly regarded leader of projects and partnerships across children’s services.

The SDSA is a highly effective organisation with a project-managing core team and a flexible group of high quality associate consultants. This combination consistently secures good project outcomes for children, young people and our partner organisations.

These company arrangements provide the SDSA with the necessary flexibility and capacity (both volume and quality) to deliver large projects rapidly. Although our turnover and workforce reflect our status as a small organisation, the company’s expanding work portfolio over the years as an unfunded, not-for-profit organisation provides clear evidence of the capacity to deliver large scale activities. Recent contracts include local, regional, national and international work.

The strong SDSA company ethos as a no-nonsense, outcomes-focussed organisation is fundamentally important. A strong conviction for enterprising public service runs through all of our work to secure efficient, practical solutions.


Latest News

Prepping for visit stand F80 to learn more about the - designed by schools, led by schools

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WW1 themed writing competition for Leicester city & county schools, for detail & a video to stimulate writing visit

SDSA's presence at the EU conference on Citizenship Education

Dr Michalis delivering keynote input at harder-to-reach focus group EU conference on citizenship education

First session, Harder-to-reach forum meeting, European conference in Greece.

A warm welcome to Heatherbrook Primary Leicester, on joining our School Improvement Exchange. Follow for info on SIE

Developing 'British' Values, half-day conferences in Leicester, Birmingham and Manchester. For booking & info visit

SDSA warmly welcomes the members of who have joined our Sch Imp Exc, Schools offer & seek support via

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Developing 'British' Values in school through Compassion, 4 nat'l confs by Mick Waters, David Woods, Maurice Coles,

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Recent Projects


Academic Coaching

A Leicester City project established in 2007 to provide additional support for 10 and 11 year old pupils struggling to make the progress they might.


School Leadership Succession Planning

These projects are being coordinated by the National College for Teaching & Leadership and delivered through Teaching Schools to build leadership capacity within schools. 


Islam and Citizenship Education

A project to promote citizenship education by educating pupils aged 7 to 14 (Key Stage 2 and 3) about Islamic tradition, values and their roles and responsibilities in society as good Muslims.  

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