ULN - Unique Learner Numbers
Introduction of Unique Learner Numbers
The Welsh Assembly Government is facilitating the allocation of Unique Learner Numbers (ULNs) for pupils aged 14 and over in maintained schools in Wales. This will support a number of functions, specifically in the first instance it will assist with data aggregation for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.
What is the ULN?
The Unique Learner Number is a ten digit number that is allocated to an individual as a means of recording achievement and providing secure access to learner information and learning events. Further information can be found at www.learningrecordsservice.org.uk
What is the Learning Records Service?
The Learning Records Service was formerly known as Managing Information Across Partners (the MIAP Programme). It is part of the Skills Funding Agency and delivers a number of services for learning providers and learners across the education sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Service allocates Unique Learner Numbers (ULNs) to individuals in education and training; it has developed a Personal Learning Record, which supports the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and can be accessed via a web portal enabling learners to view their own records of participation and achievement, which they can choose to share with advisors, providers and potential employers; it maintains a Provider Register; and has developed a set of common data definitions to facilitate data sharing across the sector.
Further information about the Service can be found at http://www.learningrecordsservice.org.uk/about
Why is this happening?
Managing achievement and award data for the learner for lifelong learning purposes in a learner record requires a unique number that stays with the individual through their education. The advent of the Welsh Baccalaureate and the Qualification and Credit Framework create a need to bring together large volumes of associated data which mean that automated systems are required to do this efficiently and effectively. In addition, the learner needs to be uniquely identified in a way that is not currently possible. The ultimate objective is for every learner in Wales to have a Learning Record that shows their achievement in a way that they own, and can then choose to share with employers, other learning institutions and careers advice and guidance professionals.