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Unique Learner Number

Every child in school numbered for life - Times Online

All 14-year-old children in England will have their personal details and exam results placed on an electronic database for life under a plan to be announced tomorrow.

Under the terms of the scheme all children will keep their individual number throughout their adult lives, The Times has learnt. The database will include details of exclusions and expulsions.

Officials said last night that the introduction of the unique learner number (ULN)was not a step towards a national identity card.

The new database — which will store a “tamper-proof CV” — will be known as MIAP (managing Information Across Partners). To be registered on the new database every 14-year-old will be issued with a unique learner number. Unlike the current unique pupil number now given to children in school but destroyed when they leave, the ULN will be used by government agencies to track individuals until they retire. Ultimately, it will create a numbered database for every citizen aged 14-plus in the UK.

The MIAP is part of a push for more government departments to share information on ordinary citizens with each other. The new Education and Skills Bill to raise the education leaving age from 16 to 18, for example, contains sweeping powers for local authorities to access information from schools, health agencies and social services to track young people between the ages of 16 and 18.

Haven't we been here before?

Unique Learner Number as previously deployed.


This is unbelievably scary 1984-esque stuff. Where the hell are the Conservatives on this? I cannot believe that the main opposition party is remaining quiet on this. The public would be terrified if they knew about this.

"Officials said last night that the introduction of the unique learner number (ULN)was not a step towards a national identity card."


"Unlike the current unique pupil number now given to children in school but destroyed when they leave ..."

I bet it isn't. It'll just sit on a computer and not get used for anything. Yet.

The ULN database will be adopted into the National Information Register as will other databases. This will disguise the cost of ID cards as the money will already have been spent making earlier databases that are otherwise without merit. It could even be sold to the public at the time that data sharing is actually saving taxpayer money. The ULN would get children from now on on the list. Photo driving licence and passport renewals will take care of the adult population. Of course, MPs, celebrities and their offspring will be exempt from all this.

Why 14? We already get a supposedly unique number at 16. Or will NI numbers be abandoned due to profligate incompetance at the DWP? Does this tie into the plans to allow children to move into vocational training at 14? Exam results for GCSE and A-levels will go up even more (as those less enamoured with education will no longer be sitting the exams and doing poorly) and there will be a young, trained workforce able to be employed at the minimum wage and taxed accordingly.

It's as if they want us to regress to a rigid middle class and working class. Which ought to get Union membership up at the very least...

This all troubles me. We used to be subjects of our Monarch, living by their grace and doing their bidding. Then we became citizens with rights, responsibilities and genuine freedoms. With plans such as these we are citizens no more. We are subjects of the State, everyone numbered, everyone under suspicion and everyone needing a licence to live.

MMmmm This is scary ...

No option to opt out I suppose?

Perhaps we could encourage the kids to swap all their numbers around, give each others' whenever asked, write the wrong ones on their exam papers, share passwords, etc, generally bollix the thing up?

Or perhaps we can just rely on the govt to bollix it all up anyway?

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