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Could your agendas or minutes benefit from a refresh? Do you always know what to include or what to leave out? How about meetings, when should you chip in and where does your involvement end? This course will help with all of these and more.


Thursday, 28 November 2024


Held online


Julie King


£48 for subscribers | £60 for non-subscribers

This course is recommended for new and improving clerks, assistant clerks and administrative staff.

Clerks are responsible for producing professional agendas and minutes, but this is a skill that has to be learnt. There is lots of legislation that relates to agendas and minutes, it is important that things are done correctly to ensure that decisions can't be challenged. A Clerk has a crucial role in a meeting, but this role is often undervalued and misunderstood.

Course content

The legislation relating to the issuing of the summons and the collation of the agenda

What minutes must contain and what should not be included

Hints and tips for producing concise and professional looking minutes

The public's role and rights in meetings

Sharing documents with councillors and the public

The Clerk's role in a meeting

Correcting and approving minutes

By the end of this course, you will

Be able to produce professional agendas and minutes

Understand the requirements of publicising meetings and their decisions

Be confident with handling confidential items 

Understand the importance of producing documents that comply with Website Accessibility requirements

Understand how different types of meeting differ

Understand your role in a meeting as part of the decision-making process

The tutor is an experienced Clerk with many years of producing agendas and minutes and attending meetings.


We'll send you a link via email a day or two before the session is due to be held, so you can just click on the link to join in. You'll need a laptop, tablet or smartphone with a camera; if you haven't tried this technology before that's fine - we'll happily conduct a quick test session with you the day before if you like.

This is a new course

Our courses receive excellent feedback, as soon as we have some feedback from this course we will post it here.


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