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)
  • Philip Brocklehurst (associate local authority member)
  • Stephen Clark (associate local authority member)
  • Mathew Downs (Highcliffe School, Dorset)
  • Chris Hill (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • Rashid Jussa (Waltham Forest local authority)
  • Damien Kearns (Nishkam High School, Birmingham)
  • Adam King (Ofsted)
  • Jeanette Miller (Thornhill Primary School)
  • Mike Parkin (Worcestershire local authority)
  • Cathy Piotrowski (associate local authority member)
  • Simon Utting (Hackney Learning Trust)
  • Max Winters (associate local authority member)
  • Nigel Wright (Bohunt School, Hampshire)
  • Angela Browne (Slough and Eton CofE Business and Enterprise College, Slough)
  • Ather Abbas (The Schools of King Edward VI trust, Birmingham)
  • Christopher Woolf (Pinner High School, Harrow)
  • Daryl Perilli (Brighton and Hove local authority)
  • Sharon McBriarty (Kirklees local authority)
  • Viktorija Birmingham (Enfield local authority)


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

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