Star Chamber Scrutiny Board

The Star Chamber helps the Department for Education to assess data collections for schools and children’s services.

Terms of reference

The Star Chamber helps review all Department for Education data collections relating to children’s services, schools and families.

It aims to ensure all proposed collections are:

  • possible
  • necessary
  • good value
  • as easy and quick to complete as possible


These reports contain comments that are provided by the external members of the Star Chamber and do not necessarily reflect the Department for Education position.

Meeting and submission dates

Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of every month.

The usual deadline for submitting a data collection proposal to the Star Chamber secretariat is midday, 10 calendar days before the meeting.


The Star Chamber is made up of representatives from schools and local authorities.

Current members are:

  • Jamie James (Chair, Data Operations Division)
  • Paul Hirst (Co Chair, Data Operations Division)
  • Ather Abbas (King Edward VI Foundation and King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham)
  • Stuart Beck (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Viktorija Birmingham (Enfield local authority)
  • Philip Brocklehurst (associate local authority member)
  • Angela Browne (Windsor Learning Partnership, Windsor)
  • Stephen Clark (associate local authority member)
  • Mathew Downs (Highcliffe School, Dorset)
  • Chris Hill (associate school member)
  • Rashid Jussa (associate local authority member)
  • Damien Kearns (Nishkam High School, Birmingham)
  • Adam King (Ofsted)
  • Sharon McBriarty (Kirklees local authority)
  • Jeanette Miller (Thornhill Primary School)
  • Mike Parkin (Worcestershire local authority)
  • Daryl Perilli (Brighton and Hove local authority)
  • Cathy Piotrowski (associate local authority member)
  • Simon Utting (Hackney Learning Trust)
  • Max Winters (associate local authority member)
  • Nigel Wright (Bohunt School, Hampshire)
  • Christopher Woolf (Pinner High School, Harrow)


Star Chamber Scrutiny Board Secretariat
Data Operations Division
2 St Paul's Place
125 Norfolk Street
S1 2FJ

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