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SHEN – Sydney Home Education Network

about SHEN


Sydney Home Education Network (SHEN) is a non-profit organisation run by volunteer home educators in the Sydney and greater Sydney region.

We bring home educators together and make it easier to organise events for our children.

Run by home educators for home educators, SHEN is staffed by volunteers. Our members pay a small annual fee that funds the large events we hold, and maintains the SHEN website.


SHEN provides two large annual events: an athletics carnival and a swimming carnival. We also organise excursions to performances at venues such as the Sydney Opera House (at discounted rates).


Large events and bulk ticket purchases can be financially risky for individuals to organise. SHEN membership fees also create a pool of funds that can be used to pay deposits and any shortfalls.

In some cases, SHEN members can negotiate access to resources normally only available to children in school, with SHEN acting as our ‘school’.


The SHEN website is a central hub for our community, where our members can:

  • advertise events, services and groups
  • find activities for their children
  • find support and social groups
  • find educational services and resources

It’s important to note that SHEN does not warrant that events listed on this website are covered by insurance.

For event organiser or student work experience insurance, please visit the Home Education Association (HEA). SHEN volunteers receive free HEA membership.