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10 am - 12.30 pm

Council minutes are a legal document once signed and need to stand the test of time - maybe in 50 or 100 years' time a clerk or councillor will need to refer to the minutes you have written! It's important that your minutes give the right amount of detail and are easy to follow. This course will look at best practice models to use and give you tips and hints on how to create really professional-looking minutes that are modern and clear. 


Wednesday, 3 May 2023


Held online


Luisa Cantera


£40 for subscribers | £50 for non-subscribers

Course content

Tips for note-taking at a council meeting

After the meeting and drafting the minutes - exploring a professional style and layout that works for you and your council

The no-nos - things that we think you shouldn't include in your minutes (this is quite a long list)!

Advice on minuting confidential matters, public participation and exclusion of the public and press

Website accessibility and transparency requirements

Making corrections to minutes

By the end of this course you will

Be able to create fresh and modern-looking minutes that are really fit-for-purpose for the 21st century

Feel confident about the minute-taking process and know what changes you are going to make to your minutes

Have an understanding of transparency requirements and website accessibility in relation to the publication of minutes

This course is recommended for all Clerks who are looking for inspiration to improve their council minutes.


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.

This course usually receives a 100% feedback score from attendees

Feedback from attendees:

Brilliant! So many tips that I know I'm going to use for my next set of minutes.

I am really pleased I attended. It has given me a few things to change/address.

Excellent, amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed and have learnt more than I expected. Content covered everything that I wanted it to and more.

Very useful and clearly presented, thank you.

This course cannot be improved!

I love attending your courses - always keen to steal a good idea!


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