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

Come & have a chat with us at stall 78 about what we offer to manage sch 2 sch support for LAs TSAs Trusts & clusters

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First 30 visitors to our stall 78 at will receive free 30 days access to our innovative School Improvement Exchange

LAs, TSAs, Academy Trusts visit stand 78 A managed solution for school to school support

Teaching Schools & Local Authorities visit us at stall 78 to learn about our innovative School Improvement Exchange

Are you at Inspiring Leadership Conference? come and see our innovative School Improvement Exchange at stand 78

You are welcome its all about experiences and opportunities for our children and young people.

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Teachers, School Leaders & Governors come and speak to us about effective school-to-school support stand A37,

Looking for an effective school2school support infrastructure, visit us at stand A37

Looking for an effective school-2-school support infrastructure for your schools alliance or teaching school? Visit us stand A37

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Team SDSA ready for visitors at the NEC Birmingham. Visit us at stall A 37

Our first major launch of at visit us at stand A37. Facilitating School-to-School support.

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Recent Projects


Children's Council

The SDSA facilitates Leicester’s Children’s Council which is made up of 24 young people (aged 7-13) supported by young mentors which meets once a month to discuss issues that are important to them.


CPD Partnership (School Workforce)

This partnership was established in 2003 and has flourished ever since, providing a regional network for those who lead the co-ordination of training and development arrangements for the school workforce in East Midlands.


World War One - Shared Past Shared Future

Shared Pasts, Shared Futures will help people to explore, record and preserve the culture and experiences of Leicester’s inhabitants in the period leading up to and during World War One.

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