The SDSA works with school leaders and governors to establish the vision and rationale for their potential conversion to academy status or to join or form Multi Academy Trusts (MAT).find out more
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.
Created and co-ordinated by the Directors of Children’s Services (DCSs) in the East Midlands, this programme was designed for existing leaders who may be a head of service or organisation or may work in one of the children’s service ‘sectors’ e.g., schools, health, police, youth, third sector and are now developing their leadership within an integrated children’s service environment.find out more
The SDSA facilitated a child poverty regional support network for Derby, Derbyshire, Leicester, Leicestershire Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and Rutland. The network supported the development of high quality Needs Assessments and the subsequent development of effective strategies.find out more
The Whatever it Takes (WIT) ambition is financially supported through Schools Forum and the City Council and taken forward through strategic and project management groups, to provide a citywide programme of activity to support reading achievement and enjoyments.find out more
A Complementary School Development Hubs, or cluster, comprises an LCC maintained primary or secondary school which serves as the hub school (venue, host and leader) working over a 12 month period with a group of 5-8 complementary schools within their community.find out more
Members of the partnership include local authority lead officers, university colleagues and the regional managers of the national organisations such as the National College, who have a support and delivery role in the training of the school workforce.find out more
The LCST is committed to a high quality complementary school sector and has ambitious targets for all complementary schools in Leicester to subscribe to the national Code of Practice for Supplementary Schools and to achieve accreditation from the Quality Framework for Supplementary Schools.find out more
LPP takes collective responsibility for all the primary children of Leicester City and all primary school headteachers are welcomed as members of LPP. It provides a forum for discussion of the views of primary headteachers and a means by which those views can influence decisions relating to the provision of education in Leicester.find out more
The Early Years Network includes the East and West Midlands and exists to share national developments within the early years world, exchange best practice from around the regions and develop collaborative working between local areas.find out more
The Pathways to Education pilot programme is funded by the Community Foundation; a charitable organisation who want to reinvest money back into our community. As a result, the SDSA set up the Pathways to Education programme as a way of giving back to our Leicester city schools and the disadvantaged young people in our community.find out more
Although there is no longer a formal duty for schools to promote community cohesion, evidence suggests that children and young people can benefit from meaningful interaction if they have an opportunity to mix and learn with, from and about other children and young people from different backgrounds.find out more
Based on the Schools Linking Project (SLN) started in Bradford in 2001, backed by the Department for Education (DfE) the project enabled schools to develop their positions as hubs of tolerant and diverse communities and provide safe learning environments for all - whatever ethnic or religious background.find out more
The programmes have all been developed in partnership with the employers to co-design and deliver a work-based programme that is highly contextualised. Most recent programmes have been arranged to support the policy direction indicated by the work of Professor Munro to move from ‘compliance to learning’ and to emphasise critical reflection.find out more
The Social Work Network supports the improvement of professional development opportunities for social workers within the East Midlands. Its members include those from local authorities and all the higher education institutions within the East Midlands who lead on social work training.find out more
Supported Summer Read engages the selected pupils over a period of approx 15 weeks in an evidenced based key intervention alongside a light touch Reading Coaching programme which blends a combination of 1-to-1 tuition, effective feedback and self regulation.find out more
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.find out more