Hi there, I'm just wondering if there are any circumstances under which staff governors can be asked to leave a FGB so the remaining Governors can discuss something without them present? Staff governors were recently asked (or more bluntly, told) to leave the FGB whilst the panel for the HT's performance management was appointed/elected. Whilst I accept that staff are not allowed (nor would it be appropriate for them) to be on the panel, but was it correct that staff were not even allowed to be present at the discussion / election? I have read that the 'Governing Body' is responsible for appointing the panel but I can't find anywhere that says that staff governors can not even be present whilst it is discussed. When I queried it I was told that staff were not allowed, according to LA regulations, to even be present whilst the panel was appointed but this doesn't sound right to me. I would appreciate the official line on this. Thank you.