How to choose a good password – a step by step guide

If  your password is: “password123456” or anything similar (or 00000, looking at you, Kanye West) – it is not going to be effective. You may think that using a long and complicated password, such as; “YourName+yourDOB” will protect your account. Bad news – this is not the case.

If you’d like to find out where these recommendations come from and why you should follow them – have a look at this short video which shows how passwords are currently being “guessed” by software and algorithms.

Rather than give you a list of recommendations, we would like to guide you through few steps you can follow to satisfy all usual password requirements and keep your accounts safe.

Step 1

Pick your favourite symbol from the below list and your favourite number (you should be able to easily locate it on any keyboard:

! @ £ $ % & ? = * # / \ ( ) > <

Step 2

Come up with 4 random, short and unrelated words

(for example: seven, zebra, scooter, wind )

Think of 7 zebras riding a scooter with a wind in their hair – this will stick with you

Step 3

Replace every “X” letter in each word with your favourite number (for example we will replace every second letter with 9. Like this: s9ven)

Step 4

Capitalise every “Y” letter in each word (we will capitalise every last letter. Like this s9veN)

Step 5

Connect all words with your favourite symbol. In our example we get:


Step 6

Congratulations – you are done. You have created a very secure password.

Word of caution – remember that if you use the same password for all of your different accounts out there, your best password is only as good as the easiest to hack website where it’s stored. Each different account should have its own unique password. If you can’t face having completely different passwords maybe create one strong base password like the one above and then add a specific encrypted word at the end (or in the middle) which describes the account, like this: f9ceboOk or a9azOn or s9insburYs

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New to subject leadership in primary school computing session 1, 2 and 3
New to subject leadership in primary school computing session 1, 2 and 3

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

- 17:15
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
Computing and Online safety conference for primary schools
Computing and Online safety conference for primary schools

Diving deep into all things computing, this conference will consist of two sessions. Participants can choose to join us for the full day, or book for just the morning or afternoon separately.

Online Safety & Data Security (am)
This session is for computing subject leaders, senior leaders, safeguarding leads and other relevant school staff. Falling in the lead up to Safer Internet Day 2022 (Tuesday 8 February), the morning of the conference will have a particular focus on online safety, bringing together a variety of external resources with expertise from within the CLC team to help schools get to grips with the complexities of online safety and data security.

Leading Computing in the Classroom (pm)
This portion of the day is for computing subject leaders and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum. It will include policy and curriculum updates as well as practical workshops and opportunities to hear from colleagues in other schools.

- 15:30
Business leaders, Computing subject leaders...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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