Joan Sallis answers governors' questions
The governing body should make it quite clear if there is any question of an item being under wraps. If it's confidential it should be so classified and excluded from the published minutes. The interest of the item to parents is obvious and you could not be blamed in the absence of any guidance. I cnsider that there should be no grey area between confidential and open, and that there is too much secrecy about proposals which may be controversial.
In my experience such plans usually leak out, especially if the minutes are deliberately uninformative, and that attempts to avoid this make parents suspicious. There is also a risk that inaccurate stories will circulate, and I particularly object to deliberately obscure minutes when governors aren't really sure what they want to do.
Classification as confidential is mainly intended to protect the privacy of individuals, and I don't think it is right to use it for matters which it might be inconvenient to discuss but which are not themselves private. In the exceptional case where the governing body considers, or are advised by the LEA, that early discussion of a matter would really be damaging to the school's interests (when, for instance, a contract is being competed for), the item should be classified so that you all know where you are.
In general I would advise governing bodies not to overdo the confidential classification and to try to keep parents as well-informed as they can be, but individual governors of course have no power to take these decisions on their own and will be guided by the majority.