Importance & Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for Students and Education Mixer Night

  • When:
    Thursday, 25 April 2019, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Where:
    The British Centre, 嘉地中心17楼
    17F Garden Square, 968 West Beijing Road
  • Price:
    Free of charge for members; RMB 50 for member guests. Price includes beer, soft drinks and snacks. Member can bring guests. RSVP required. (Please bring your ID / passport for the access to the office building.)

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Nowadays, most schools, parents and students agree that education should go beyond the classroom walls, therefore, extracurricular activities are just as important as academics. They both complement each other to develop a well-rounded student.

The Chamber’s Education Focus Group invites

  • Alex McGrath, Head of British Council Schools - China at British Council
  • Harry Spencer, General Manager & Co-Founder at Star Coaching
  • Garrison Lu 陆丰, Co-Founder & Chair, Raleigh China; National Director, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award China, and 
  • Charles Liang, Head of Training and Qualifications | Education & Skills at Department for International Trade

to share with the audience their experience and discuss the importance and benefits of extracurricular activities for students. 

Alex will share his insights on the value of the broader curriculum in British EducationHarry will introduce how Star Coaching provides football coaching programmes with a unique way of helping children aged 2-16+ develop through creating a love of the game. Garrison will introduce the framework for non-formal education and share insights on youth development through challenging yet rewarding community, environment, and adventure programmes.  

Following the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to network and meet like-minded people, to discuss the education environment in China, explore issues affecting the sector and innovative methods to combat such challenges. This will also be an occasion where we welcome new teachers in respective organisations to the Chamber community.

Event Rundown

5.30-6.00pm Registration & Networking
6.00-6.05pm Opening Introduction
6.05-7.05pm Presentation with Q&A
7.05-7.30pm Networking

No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100.  

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged an extra walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available.

Speaker Introduction

Alex McGrath

Head of British Council Schools - China

Alex leads on business development for the British Council Schools in China, and has previously worked on overseas education projects for several UK independent school brands. Prior to these business development roles he was the Headmaster of two prestigious UK independent schools: King’s Ely near Cambridge, and Leighton Park in Berkshire. His career in schools spans over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Durham; his Post Graduate Certificate of Education from the University of York; and MA in Educational Leadership and Management (with distinction) from the University of Nottingham.

Alex’s expertise has been developed globally in corporate L&D; Edtech; international education marketing; teacher training; and student recruitment. He was the founder of A&C Learning, an educational consultancy specialising in advising Chinese private and government schools about the UK curriculum. He has worked as an educational consultant for Itslearning, Scandinavia (Change management and educational technology); Schoolblazer (school clothing manufacturer); Thomas Franks (school catering); Rivanet (Education IT and network services); Equity Insurance (specialist vehicle insurance); Wilko (retail); Mungo Dunnett Associates (private education strategy); as well as for Mei-Jie consulting, Beijing.

Harry Spencer

General Manager & Co-Founder, Star Coaching

Harry Belford Spencer co-founded First Pick Group (a sports services company  The company advises on sport investments, commercial agreements in sports and entertainment, and also manages both professional football (soccer) players and coaches.

He also co-founded a Shanghai based football coaching company, Star Coaching (少星足球), working with children aged 3-16+ years old.  Their classes help develop children in a fun environment using UEFA licensed coaches.

Garrison Lu 陆丰

Co-Founder & Chair, Raleigh China; National Director, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award China

Raleigh China is dedicated to Youth Development through challenging yet rewarding community, environment, and adventure programs. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award and frame work for Non-formal education. 

Charles Liang

Head of Training and Qualifications | Education & Skills Department for International Trade

Charles Liang is Head of Training and Qualifications at the Department for International Trade (DIT) based in British Consulate General in Shanghai since July 2016, responsible for supporting the UK training and qualifications partners on market entry, strategic partnership and pursuing commercial opportunities in order to achieve trade and investment success in China.

Prior to DIT, Charles was Head of Japan, Taiwan and Korea for CIMA, Regional Development Manager for RICS and Senior Manager for ICBC Shanghai Branch.

Event contact

Hilary Wu