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

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RT : Excited to be interviewing 100 trainee teachers for their first post in Leicester

RT : Vigil in city centre for children killed in Peshawar school massacre

. NQT recruitment Thursday 12th February 2015, book your place now at

NQT recruitment Thursday 12th February 2015, book your place now at

RT : The next application round for national leader of education designation opens 9 January…

Follow for forthcoming NQT recruitment events and opportunities in the Leicester City, visit

Have you considered applying for our small grants for schools? Deadline for this round is 19/12/14, further details

SDSA Christmas Bake Off.... Liz Warren wins the competition once again...

RT : Team training lead anti-bullying Governors today…

School Improvement Exchange, our innovative portal for schools to offer & seek support from each other is now live at

Congratulations to The Market Bosworth School for winning the Healthy School Award organised by sponsored by

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congratulations to LCFC on promotion to the Premier League, excellent display of teamwork. Well done everyone

Recent Projects



A network which represents specialist teachers who work to improve outcomes for young people (0-19 year olds) with physical impairment and/or severe medical need.


Pathways to Leadership

SDSA is co-ordinting this programme on behlaf of teaching schools in the East Midlands. The aim is for Teaching Schools to work collaboratively to develop and implement the programme in order to develop potential middle leaders from the pool of existing strong RQTs.


Regional Purchasing Framework

The development of a regional procurement framework to secure high quality and good value social care placements with independent fostering agencies, residential care providers and special schools.

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