Commenting on his appointment as Shadow Minister for Schools, Mike Kane MP said:
“As a former Primary School teacher I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Schools, working with my colleague and friend Angela Rayner MP.
“I know the difference a good teacher, with the right support and resources can make to a child’s attainment and aspiration. I look forward to working with parents, teachers and schools across the UK to hold the Government to account and ensure we have a school system that is fit for purpose
“At my first Education Questions this week I had the opportunity tackle the Minister on excessive work load as highlighted by the Education Policy Institute and the ill health this is causing the profession.”
“The NASUWT has found that almost half of teachers have seen a doctor in the last year due to work related illnesses, one in ten have been prescribed anti-depressants. It’s clear the government’s failure to support teachers is at the heart of the crisis in teachers’ morale.”
Mike Kane MP Edited Biography:
Mike took the decision to go back into education as a mature student at Manchester University. He graduated in 1999 with a PGCE and went on to become a primary school teacher, at Springfield Primary, Sale.
He was first elected to Manchester City Council in Northenden ward in 1991, where he served as the local Councillor until 2008.
From 2008 to 2011 Mike worked for James Purnell, Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde and his successor Jonathan Reynolds. He went on to become an advisor to the leader at Tameside Council from 2011 to 2014.
In 2013 Mike was appointed Acting Chief Executive of Movement for Change, an organisation that builds movements that mobilise the power of people to take action.
From September 2015 to July 2016 Mike served as Shadow Minister for International Development.
Mike was appointed Shadow Minister for Schools in October 2016.