The 'have a go' learners
They gelled and worked together more in the smaller classes and were more relaxed.
In a questionnaire, 92 per cent of teachers thought the initiative led to increased expectations for children, a key theme of this week's HMI reports.
Teachers spoke "frankly and openly" of the difficulties in organising a large class with young children and reported an increased pace of work because of reduced pupil-teacher ratios.
In team teaching, there was higher quality classroom planning and management and teachers were able to bounce ideas off each other.