Posted on 9/11/2015 by David Owen
The "world's best teacher" says that a culture of excessive testing can damage standards and "decimate morale" among teachers.
Nancie Atwell, a US teacher who won the Global Teacher Prize earlier this year, was visiting a school in London.
She also said that teachers could get more attention from pupils from talking quietly than shouting.
Ms Atwell won a million-dollar prize - but immediately gave the money to her school in Maine.
On her visit to Capital City Academy in Willesden, north-west London, she said part of the prize had been spent on fixing the school boilers.
This extract is taken from the BBC website: