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

Booked to showcase @ the National Conference on School Improvement in the big smoke-12Oct

The SDSA turns 16 today..... thanks to all of our stakeholders, well -wishers and funders for having faith in us.

Retweeted TSC East Midlands (): A great conference today. Thank you to all the...

Retweeted TSC East Midlands (): A great conference today. Thank you to all the...

RT : A great conference today. Thank you to all the delegates and speakers. #Scho…

It's a hard day at work........

Dr Rose delivering keynote 'How neuroscience informs System Leadership"

An army of school to school support deliverers attached to TSAs is needed in coming years

Leading the Challenge conf opened by @spronne

All set for "Leading the Challenge" East Midlands Teaching Schools Alliance.

If you enjoyed the S2S supp w/shop with , why not visit us at Stand 5 for practical tools to support S2S

An army of sch2sch supp deliverers attached to TSAs is part of the solution visit stand 5 for sch2sch sup solution

"Every school should be the giver and receiver of support" Sir David Carter visit stand 5 for innovative Sch2Sch supp solution.

For reading and school to school support solutions visit us at stand 4 & 5 ....

For reading and school to school support solutions visit us at stand 4 & 5 .

Retweeted Steve White (): Miranda and Steve-the winning team from Leicester are off to meet the Queen...

RT : Miranda and Steve-the winning team from Leicester are off to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace!

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We are at School Development Support Agency. Good luck CHAMPIONS ......

RT : Following Scout's motto Be Prepared set marathon in scout uniform record 02:58:44…

Recent Projects


CPD Leadership in Schools

An improvement framework and support programme for those who lead on continuing professional development (CPD) in schools.  This CPD Leaders work has been created in the East Midlands by the CPD Partnership.


Leicester Early Arts Partnership (LEAP)

Leicester Early Arts Partnership (LEAP) is a group of organisations aiming to raise the profile of early arts and increase awareness and understanding of the value of arts in early years development in Leicester.


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.

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