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

Annual reports

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:

  • Jude Hillary (Chair - Education Data Division)
  • Philip Brocklehurst (formerly Kensington and Chelsea local authority)
  • Stephen Clark (formerly, Lancashire local authority)
  • Bruce Farajian (South Gloucestershire local authority)
  • Chris Hill, Headteacher (Hounslow Town School, Hounslow)
  • Rashid Jussa (Southwark local authority)
  • Adam King (Ofsted)
  • Jeanette Miller (Southampton local authority)
  • Cathy Piotrowski (formerly, Central Bedfordshire local authority)
  • Gavin Sandmann (Milton Keynes local authority)
  • Damien Kearns (Headteacher, Nishkam High School, Birmingham)
  • Max Winters (Bromley local authority)
  • Simon Utting (Hackney Learning Trust)


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

Contact details