Education Minister Anne Tolley has told principals they should stop talking to the media and focus on implementing the controversial national standards.

The Minister was addressing more than 500 principals at the Principals Federation Conference in Queenstown this morning, many of whom have stopped attending national standards training as they believe it is only leaving staff more confused.

The standards are a new national benchmark which tell parents at what stage primary and intermediate children are in reading, writing and maths.

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