Providing Extra Support as your Not-For-Profit Partner.

The SDSA is well known for:

  • Initiating and building honest partnerships
  • Leading and managing high impact projects
  • Organising high-quality professional development programmes


Supporting school-led improvement.

The School Development Support Agency facilitate a wide range of initiatives that build the improvement capacity of schools, especially as they work in groups.

Whether you're working together as a Teaching School Alliance, as a Multi-Academy Trust, as a local Authority collaboration or as an informal group of schools we can offer something for you.

We pride ourselves on our afforability, flexibility and quality of delivery. Our team possesses the specialist expertise and experience to make us an obvious and unique partner for all schools.

We support you,

so you can support your students…

More about us


We are an innovative school support organisation led by experienced education professionals and project managers. We have a proven track record of contributing to positive outcomes for children and young people.


The SDSA is regularly commissioned to support individual or groups of schools to work collaboratively, building professional partnerships leading to sustainable improvement.


We work under the guiding principle and belief that for every student, in every school, every teacher matters.

Featured projects


System Wide School Improvement Programmes

The SDSA plays a co-ordinating role with several large communities of schools to create, co-ordinate and deliver programs or school improvement to address their identified priorities.

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Support for Teaching Schools

The SDSA has a growing portfolio of work to provide business support and extra capacity and co-ordination to Teaching Schools to enable them to fulfil their growing mandate.

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NQT Recruitment Pools

The SDSA manages Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) recruitment pools for communities of schools to attract and recruit the very best NQT's. The process includes advertising, booking interviews, the co-ordination of local headteachers and deputies to lead the interviews and the management of an online shortlisting facility for schools to select the best candidates.

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Initial Teacher Training

The SDSA supports Initial Teacher Training (ITT) partnerships to develop a joint approach within their local area to increase the supply and quality of new entrants to the profession.

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“If you can’t trace a line between the work you’re doing and an improvement in a young person’s life, then stop!

What we provide

Bespoke Service

We co-design and co-create bespoke solutions that respond directly to local needs and feedback

Creative Space

We create time and space for partnership working that encourages innovation through the sharing of effective practice.

Flexible Approach

We anticipate and respond to national policy changes and provide capacity that helps schools to maximise the opportunites for improvement

Reliable Partner

All our work is underpinned by over 17 years experience supporting the development of the sector.

What our partners say...

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Equality
  • Participation
  • Conviction

"The SDSA's role to bring all organisations together without partiality has been invaluable to our partnership"

- LA Director of Education

"I was particularly impressed with the translation of our ideas into an inspirational and practical programme that will significantly improve our leadership."

- Mat CEO

"You should be applauded for the charitable ethos of the SDSA and your drive to ensure that the children and young people can reach their full potential."

- Secretary of State