Principals say it's time for a whole raft of issues in education to be talked about to move the sector forward over the next 20 years.
A cross sector forum is being set up by the Government to look at raising student achievement following the class size policy debacle.
Spokesman for the Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools principals, Gary Sweeney, says after the struggles of the past two weeks it will be hard to have teacher cuts on the table at the talks.
But he says debate about teacher ratios is valid.
"I don't think we could just dismiss that conversation and say because of the protest over the last two weeks we're never going to go near that conversation."
Education Minister Hekia Parata says representatives from education sector organisations, academics, unions will be asked to join the talks.