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Individualised Learner Record (ILR): sources of data

Learning Aim Reference Service (LARS) Lite and other Individualised Learning Record (ILR) data sources for further education providers.

Documents

LARS Lite user guide: version 1.4

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LARS Lite CSV file: version R08 (20 March 2014)

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LARS Lite framework search

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LARS lite known issues v10.0

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LARS Lite reference, the values in the LARS Lite ILR R06 extract: version R07

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Detail

We use Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data to calculate funding earned by publicly funded colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers (FE providers). The data gathered provides information on the effectiveness of the learning programmes in terms of who they reach, what learning they receive, and what outcomes are achieved.

To help FE providers in collecting the correct data for different types of learners, a list of the fields required for each funding model is given in section 17 of the Provider Support Manual. We have also listed information about, and links, to useful ILR data sources below:

Learning aim codes

Learning aim codes are available from the following sources:

Learning Aim Reference Service (LARS) Lite

LARS Lite is one of a number of software packages that we make freely available to further education providers, to assist with the data collection process. It interrogates the same LARS data set that is used in the Funding Information System (FIS)

The database holds information about learning aims and their validity, as well as funding data where applicable. Each learning aim on the database has a reference code that is used to record it in the learning aim reference field on the ILR. Providers should ensure that the start and planned end dates for the learning aim are within the validity start and end dates on LARS Lite.

Simplified funding rates catalogue 2013 to 2014

The catalogue lists all provision which we have approved for public funding in 2013 to 2014 and the funding rates: Simplified Funding Rates Catalogue 2013 to 2014

Community learning aims catalogue 2013 to 2014

The catalogue lists all non-regulated provision approved for public funding in 2013 to 2014: Community Learning Aims Catalogue 2013 to 2014

ILR specification 2013 to 2014 appendix H

A technical specification of the classification and coding system to be used to record non-regulated provision in the ILR for 2013 to 2014: ILR specification 2013 to 2014 appendix H

Unique learner numbers (ULNs)

A ULN is a 10-digit reference number, used as a single common identifier for UK learners aged 14 and over. Each ULN is issued and held by the Learning Record Service (LRS).

Employer reference numbers (ERNs)

ERNs are entered in the employer identifier field in an ILR data collection. They can be obtained from and validated by the Employer Data Service (EDS).

Click on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) collections link below for more ILR topics.

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