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The president of the Principals Federation says the current conversation on education is a great opportunity to make the system more responsive to the needs of Maori students.

Whetu Cormick attended the Education Summits in Christchurch and Auckland, which each drew 800 people, and another 9000 have so far responded to an online survey.

He says new Education Minister Chris Hipkins is keen to start a new page after the debates over resourcing and standardised testing under the previous National-led Government.

"Our education system was designed to engage with middle class white boys. In terms of the diversity we have in our country now, the education system in many ways is still delivering with that framework in mind and we need to be culturally responsive and aware of how we can transform our schools so that our Maori learners feel safe to be who they are as Maori and they can learn and achieve," Mr Cormick says.

The Principals Federation is working on ways to make teachers more culturally responsive so they can better tackle Maori achievement.

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