Guidance

LRS: unique learner numbers

How the ULN is used alongside the PLR of anyone 14+ involved in UK education and training.

Documents

ULN top tips guide

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ULN exception handling: best practice recommendations

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Dealing with learner enquiries, complaints and appeals

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Detail

Learners retain the same number for accessing their personal learning record (PLR) throughout their lives whatever level of learning they attain and wherever they choose to undertake education, training and learning.

Each unique learner number (ULN) is issued and held by the Learning Records Service (LRS) Organisation Portal who use the numbers to index learner identity details as well as education and training qualifications within the PLR.

You can find your ULN on award certificates or results slips. If you cannot find it ask your current or previous learning provider to collect it from the LRS organisation portal or to create a ULN for you.

A unique identifier

Each 10-digit ULN has been designed to ensure that no additional meaning can be inferred from its structure. For example, geographical location or level of learning.

Accessing the PLR

Learners need to use their ULN each time they want to see or confirm the details held about them on their PLR. The ULN means information within the PLR cannot be shared with other organisations (including statutory bodies) with the prior consent of the learner.

Using the LRS organisation portal

The LRS Organisation Portal quick start guide shows you how to sign up.

Schools in Wales

The Welsh Government Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is committed to working with the LRS.

The provision of ULNs to schools in Wales will allow learning providers and awarding organisations in Wales and England to share information on learner achievements.

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