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 : 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

RT : The guests prepare for the at the City Rooms

RT : SPECIALIST LEADERS OF EDUCATION (SLEs): Recruitment 5-23rd May. apply NOW! @sdsaleicester #…

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

RT ">: Susan Cutsforth speaking today at showing Leicester schools about the new computing curriculum & how @DBPrima…

small grants now available through . Pls visit Next deadline 11 April 2014.

Author Alan Gibbson working with secondary schools

- Author Dan Freeman talking to Leicester children about what inspires him to read and write.

, Author James Campbell talking to primary school children

Author's week in full swing, over 4000 children from Leicester schools are meeting authors at Leicester Tigers.

RT : This the home of the WiT and team for the next 5 days!

RT : Thanks to for their grant of £500 to support the development of the college vegetable garden. #IvanhoeGr…

You are welcome, we hope this small grant helps your school and its pupils.

RT : We're looking for Education Advisers to support delivery of academies/free schools programmes: closes 11am 3 Feb 2014 h…

"> the bespoke help from UKTI has been brilliant for us. We have just secured first project in Doha, Qatar. Thanks ">.

New successful free school proposals announced by the DfE. None in Leicester City or County.

RT : UK primary schools, help your pupils by downloading a free pack with basic Mandarin Chinese lessons: ht…

The SDSA secures 1st int'l assignment in Qatar. The work involves support in curriculum review & teacher training.

Recent Projects


ALICSE (Advanced Leadership in an Integrated Children’s Service Environment)

The ALICSE Taught Programme was part of a wider leadership development menu to support advanced leadership within an integrated children's services environment.  The taught programme was for those looking to improve leadership capability beyond the scope of existing leadership programmes.


Assured Safeguarding

Assured Safeguarding includes three sets of guidance materials to pose personal questions for leaders to ask themselves to identify whether the work of their organisation keeps as many children and young people as safe as possible.


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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