CHILDREN were described as more "on task", more willing to "have a go", putting in more effort, working more productively and being more willing to contribute in class and take part in discussions.
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.