The Ketso 24 kit provides the school with an adaptable and convenient method for wide-ranging and effective collaboration. When talking to staff, parents or teachers, Ketso is used to make the issues under discussion clear and visible to everybody present. The process is inclusive and non-threatening, making it easy for everyone to share their ideas, and see how they fit with everyone else’s ideas. The plans developed are updated over time, so instead of fragmented, disconnected meetings, progress can be tracked simply, allowing for shifting focus and attention as things unfold. The different parts of the kit allow for creative ‘blue sky’ thinking to be integrated with a more structured plan (with timescales, people responsible and budgets, for example) simply by moving and organising ideas as they arise.
Actively involving children and young people in the school improvement planning builds their confidence, as they see their ideas being included and acted upon. Teachers have also explored different ways Ketso can be used to support learning in the classroom. With its turn-taking and tactile approach, Ketso enables all pupils to contribute, even those who don’t normally speak up in a classroom. For instance, if the pupils are exploring a topic such as World War II, they start by using the kit to capture all the things they know. Then they ask: What would they like to find out? They will then record their findings on the Ketso in a different colour so it is clear and visible to everyone. After they have completed some work on the topic, they go back and re-visit the Ketso to ask: What do we now know? Thus the ‘tree’ grows with their learning.
During the pandemic, the school has been using specially adapted Ketso Connects for use in the classroom, and are finding that it’s “proving very useful. As the kit can be washed we do not have to wait 72 hours to use it again”.