The SDSA has existed and developed as a not-for-profit organisation supporting schools and childrens services for over 15 years. We now find that our contribution to supporting the development of the school-led improvement system is more relevant than ever before.

The trademark of the SDSA’s approach is our conviction that the solutions to most improvement challenges are to be found in schools, usually close to the ‘front lizne’. What the system needs to improve are facilities that enable the effective practice to be shared. The SDSA is therefore proud of its role as a facilitative organisation, rarely standing up at the front as the ‘expert’ but almost always quietly supporting colleagues in well-organised activities to collaborate around a clearly articulated common purpose to address priority needs.

Since its creation in 2000 the SDSA has been commisioned to support the ‘system’ in a number of ways. In particular, we have supported high level networking and communication on a regional basis to sustain partnership working in education and children’s services.