Agendas are the key tool for a successful meeting and minutes are a requirement at all local council meetings. This interactive course is designed for anyone who would like to acquire or improve their skills, knowledge and understanding of working effectively in meetings.

Recognise how best to prepare both agendas and minutes. Consider the best style and variations in content for agendas. Find out how to practice your skills of listening, note taking and writing. Understand the formalities and legal duties of minute taking, logging and signing.

These sessions last in the region of an hour each.

These sessions are ideal for:

  • New clerks
  • Deputies
  • Committee Managers
  • Aspiring Administration Assistants
  • Current clerks looking to refine their meeting skills or to acquire new techniques to further increase their effectiveness at meetings

From One Clerk To Another

A series hosted by clerks for clerks to help you gain further understanding, training and advice on various aspects of your job. By sharing experiences, creating a dialogue and demonstrating that clerks are not alone with various issues that have arisen throughout your career, it enables us to grow stronger in our profession. The aim of these sessions is to educate and raise awareness between clerks on a wide range of subjects; from daily skills, finance, communication & social media, communities, and emergency planning to name a few.


Tuesday 19 November, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Tuesday 26 November, 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Members: £60 + VAT
Non-Members: £70 + VAT

CPD points

Claim 1 CPD point for attending each session!

Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event (please check your spam inbox) and your invoice will be sent before the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

Since updating our agendas following your training session our meetings have changed for the better. Bringing the clerks report to the start of the meeting and tidying up the rest of the order has made meetings flow better, speeded them up and made them more productive. Thank you for improving the life of this clerk. I am certainly encouraging colleagues to take up refresher training (as this was for me) because it is so easy to get into bad habits.
Jason Mawer, Clerk to Warfield Parish Council

New and experienced clerks will benefit from this training, not only for its practical advice on agenda and minute writing but also for the clear and concise restatement of the legal and procedural requirements for the conduct of meetings.
Jon Brumwell, Haughton Parish Council


About the Trainer

Sarah Jeffries, Clerk to Horningsham Parish Council, Induction Support Officer, and Certified GDPR Data Protection Officer.

Sarah has been a Parish Clerk since July 2005, She continued to add to the number of parish councils she worked for during the following years until she moved into teaching within the sector. Sarah is one of SLCC’s Induction Support Officers for the ILCA introductory course and is also a CiLCA Trainer.

Sarah specialises in GDPR and FOI, as well as being a Clerk Representative on the NALC Local Council Award Scheme Panel.

Sarah Jeffries PSLCC, Advisor & Induction Support Officer

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