About our model

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded in East London in 1997 by Michael Young who believed that “everybody has the capacity to be remarkable.” The SSE has since expanded and now has schools in three countries. Our schools have grown to support over 500 social entrepreneurs per year.

SSE operates as a social franchise.  Currently, there are nine member schools across the UK, one in Canada and one in India. SSE Central’s office is located in London. We started a social franchise model in order to spread our social impact across the globe. We now share our trademark, intellectual property and licensed materials with our network of member schools.

Why social franchising?

Each SSE is run by a local team and maintains an independent governance structure. Social franchising has enabled the SSE to expand without growing in a traditionally hierarchical way.

The success of our social franchise model is based on four elements:

  • Strong, consistent brand across all schools in all countries.
  • Every school undergoes an annual audit to ensure programme delivery and student support frameworks meet quality standards.
  • All schools use the same social impact measurement tools. This allows us to compare and share social impact outcomes across the entire network. An independent and external evaluation of the SSE’s social impact is undertaken once every three years.
  • Our schools are run by passionate and committed social entrepreneurs. The SSE invests heavily in support for local administrators. We also share innovations and knowledge across the whole SSE network. At the SSE, we believe we are stronger working together.

If you are interested in joining the Global Network as a social franchise partner please visit our Global Website for information about starting a school.