The NCTJ has published its annual report of its Quality Assurance and Standards Committee, which oversees quality, standardisation and fairness across its qualifications and services.
NCTJ principal examiner, Amanda Ball, called it ‘both an honour and a source of great sadness’ to produce the annual overview following the ‘sad and untimely death’ of the committee’s chair, Sean Dooley, earlier this year.
She said Sean had brought ‘great integrity and wisdom’ to the role.
Amanda said: “It is evident from the annual report that the NCTJ’s introduction of remote assessments has been a huge success, ensuring that students were not disadvantaged during the pandemic and were able to complete their diploma training without compromising on standards.
“The pass rates in 2020-21 and 2021-22 were clearly affected by the impact the pandemic had on the number of sittings. However, it is reassuring that standards remain high in 2021-22 and pass rates appear to be very comparable with pre-pandemic figures.”
The report also details any incidents of suspected malpractice and maladministration, and details one case investigated in 2021-22 which involved a serious incident of certificate fraud.