Agendas are a key tool in local council management.  Minutes provide clarity to a meeting, and become a legal document when signed by the Chairman.  This course will explain the legal background, provide best practice models to use and give you tips and hints to help you undertake this role with confidence.


This course is recommended for all clerks and administrative assistants who are either new to the role or would like a greater understanding of their role.


Course content

  • Collating the information needed for an agenda

  • Compiling the agenda – the order, the wording

  • Taking notes at meetings

  • Using the agenda to help with the minute writing

  • Identifying the matters to include in your minutes

  • Making corrections to minutes

  • Minuting confidential matters

  • Excluding the press and public

  • Public question time

By the end of this course you will

  • Identify the legal and regulatory background to the writing of agendas and minutes

  • Know more about meetings, protocols and the importance of minutes

  • Identify the words and phrases used in compiling minutes and agendas

  • Identify ways of reducing the time you spend on these tasks without comprising the standard of the written word

  • Produce documents which are not only complete but easier for your councillors to follow

When & where

This course last ran in June 2020 and we'll schedule our next course soon.


£45 for non-subscribers

20% discount for NPTS subscribers: £36



The satisfaction rating from the November 2019 course was 99%.


Sara Campbell


Clerks can gain 1 CPD point from attending this course.

Great, feel updated.

Clear and concise covering all areas of minutes and agendas.

Excellent, all clerks come on this course as a refresher.

I really found the course beneficial, thank you.

I learnt so much, glad I came!


Comments from the Autumn 2019 course

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