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

RT : year ten crate stacking. Thanks to Alan and Nicole from the for a great day https://t.c…

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Retweeted Ismail Dale (): Still time to enter Heritage Schools Writing competition...

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Dan wins the SDSA Christmas Bake Off 2015 with his delicious cookies.

SDSA bake off 2015....

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A surprise present for the team SDSA from Abdish. Thanks Abdish for your hard-work, we will miss you. Best of luck.

RT : Last session of another successful Effective Teaching Skills course Abdish & Sarvat htt…

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

Retweeted CoEd Foundation (): Mick Waters presenting a for ...

Retweeted CoEd Foundation (): Mick Waters presenting a for ...

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

Recent Projects


Leicester Primary Partnership

Leicester Primary Partnership (LPP) is a self managing organisation with an overarching aim of supporting the provision of effective and dynamic education in Leicester City.


Midlands Early Years Workforce Development Network

The Early Years Network includes the East and West Midlands and exists to share national developments within the early years world, exchange best practice from around the regions and develop collaborative working between local areas.


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.

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