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 : 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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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

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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

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.


School Leadership Succession Planning

These projects are being coordinated by the National College for Teaching & Leadership and delivered through Teaching Schools to build leadership capacity within schools.


Whatever it Takes

A major city-wide initiative to fulfil Leicester’s reading pledge to do whatever it takes to get every child reading.

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