Projects and Services

In this section you can browse all of our current and completed projects and services.

Click 'find out more' below to access further information regarding each of the individual projects, resources and related web pages. If you would like to talk through the details please feel free to contact the project lead or our office directly.

If you are interested in discussing how we might tailor these projects to suit your individual needs then please contact Ellen.Lee@sdsa.net.

Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching is a local, Leicester developed programme that provides a small amount of regular, weekly 1 to 1 support for vulnerable Year 6 learners.  The programme blends maths and English learning support, self-esteem coaching and help with learning to learn strategies.  The programme provides pupils with a revised workbook and teachers/coaches with revised training sessions which are both in line with the new curriculum.

Project Lead: Rebecca Partington


Assessment and Moderation Strategic Group
The SDSA provide a clerk for Leicester City Council’s Assessment and Moderation Strategic Group.

Project Lead: Hayley Carter


EE (East of England) Support
SDSA has provided co-ordination and business partner support to the East of England Teaching Schools for several years. Working closely with the TSC reps and Local Leads in the region our work has included: co-ordination of the School Improvement Offer, regional peer review for teaching schools, joint approach to training and designating SLEs, supporting NLG deployment, writing the regional update newsletter, delivering DfE commissions and supporting the regional conference. Our work has involved project management, recruitment, bidding, reporting, managing finance, event management and communications with schools.

Project Lead: Mark Lambell


ERCOGS
SDSA provides business support to the Eastern Region Co-ordinators of Governor Services. Our work includes invoicing member LAs for their subscription, paying for meeting venues and events, and maintaining membership of NCOGS (National Co-ordinators of Governor Services).

Project Lead: Rebecca Partington


Healthy Schools Network
The Healthy Schools Network was set up in October 2016, as a response to demand expressed in the April 2016 survey of schools.  The Network is designed to offer school-to-school support for this vital aspect of the wider curriculum and the arrangements, in Leicester, are now school-funded.  The Network consists of Health and Wellbeing Champions’ Conferences and Network Meetings.

Project Lead: Rebecca Partington


Pathways to Education (inc Leics)
The overall purpose of the project is to support an identified set of vulnerable young people from challenging, deprived backgrounds. The key aims are to set them on a pathway to education and employment by raising their aspirations and improving their chances of becoming successful, resilient individuals.
The project takes the form of a range of scheduled sessions:
• One 20-30-minute 1-2-1 session per month for each student
• A range of 2 hr workshops around topics such as; good mental health, coping with exams, STEM subjects and interviews and applications.
• At least two offsite taster experiences per student in career areas of their interest to inspire and motivate them. These vary between half days and full days depending on the provider and nature of the careers.
• Support to attend college open events and/or training fairs where parental support is not available
If you would like to express an interest in hearing more about this programme, please contact Nicole Dishington at nicole.dishington@sdsa.net, and Nicola Gale, nicola.gale@sdsa.net.

Project Lead: Nicole Dishington


Project Read
Project READ was an innovative programme designed to improve pupils’ reading outcomes from EYFS to Year 6 for 43 eligible Derbyshire schools (SSIF round 2 project), coordinated by the SDSA. Project READ provided a balanced approach to support reading and language development through a number of key complementary elements. For more information about the project please visit: www.projectread.org.uk

Project Lead: Hayley Carter


Reading Rampage
Reading Rampage, a challenge for secondary school pupils in participating Leicester schools, is co-ordinated by Whatever it Takes (WiT), Leicester libraries, Creative Learning Services and the School Development Support Agency (SDSA) and supported by the Leicester City Education Improvement Partnership (EIP).  The project aims to inspire, motivate and develop students aged 11 – 13 to become active readers, encourage reading for pleasure and to promote awareness of new titles and authors and is launched with participating schools at the end of January.  The top book will be announced at an award event in June.

Project Lead: Rebecca Partington


School Council Training
School Council Training tailored to primary and secondary pupils, delivered in school, is available. It is most appropriate for newly appointed School Council members to help them understand their role but the training can be tailored to meet needs. Please contact hayley.carter@sdsa.net for more information.

Project Lead: Nicola Gale


Teach Leics/LEEP
Teach Leics is a network of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers from across Leicester and Leicestershire working collaboratively to promote our Leicester region as the place to start a teaching career. They work together on three joint recruitment events per year, they have developed an informative and interactive website (www.teachleics.co.uk) to explain the various routes into teaching and enable visitors to search for their nearest training provider, and a series of promotional films, which you can watch on the ‘Be Inspire’ page of the website. The group meet four times a year as a network to discuss their work, share good practice and discuss current topics.
If you would like to know more about Teach Leics, please contact Nicole Dishington at nicole.dishington@sdsa.net.

Project Lead: Nicole Dishington


VESA
VESA works with schools, colleges, learning providers and other partner organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire to offer Future Pathways vocational provision courses for pre-16 students. As part of this, we also manage the internet based register programme, Collaborative Learning Manager (CLM) which is used by schools and training providers to track attendance and achievement of students who attend off-site provisions. We also work with AIM Awards and a number of schools, special schools and individual providers to help the support each other and offer an internal verification service for qualification claims.

Project Lead: Sonia Dayal


Clerks
Clerks Programme Sector-led programme of development for governing body clerks, by the Teaching Schools Alliances (TSAs) of the East Midlands & South Yorkshire Humber (EMSYH) region.  The Programme, specifically draws on the Clerking Competency Framework (DfE, April 2017), and is aimed at all clerks within governing bodies who wish to develop and enhance their skills and support growth and development of the wider board or trust.

Project Lead: Sonia Dayal