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A film based on the work of the genius mathematician Alan Turing, who developed some of the world's first computers when he worked at Manchester University, has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture.
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, and follows his work cracking the Enigma code during the Second World War.
The film is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director among others, while starts Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
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One of the North West's most famous destinations is preparing for a major overhaul.
A ten-year master plan to redesign and redevelop Wigan Pier has been agreed. Work on the project could start as soon as next year:
Fifty older people in Greater Manchester are getting help from the Fire and Rescue service to stay warm and well fed this winter. The service is launching Safe4winter campaign. A fire engine will deliver hampers of food today and firefighters will give advice on keeping safe. Firefighters are also urging other members of the public to look out for relatives and friends.
Students and staff from The Albion Academy in Salford have made their own video to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. Using the hashtag #Itsnotokay the video was made following recent high profile cases in Rochdale and Oldham which highlighted the need for all sectors of society to be vigilant and aware of warning signs.
There are parts of the North West where two thirds of high schools are not good enough. In the annual Ofsted report, chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw says parents in St Helens, Blackpool and Oldham should "rightly worry" about the schools their children go to. Teachers say they need time and space to deal with the problems.
The Regional Director of Ofsted, Jo Morgan has told Granada Reports how some schools in the North West are failing.
If parents have concerns about their childrens' schools they can contact Ofsted through Parent View.
Children from four local authorities in the region have less than a 50% chance of attending a good secondary school according to Ofsted.
Tameside, Blackpool, Oldham and St Helens are among 13 areas across the UK in which less than 50% of schools are good or outstanding according to the school inspectors.
- Tameside: 49% (up 3 points from last year)
- Blackpool: 38% (down 8points)
- Oldham: 36% (down 21points)
- St Helens: 35%
Jo Morgan, Ofsted Regional Director for the North West, said:
The quality of provision for too many children remains a postcode lottery.
There is simply too much variation across the region and the quality of education in secondary schools continues to lag behind primary.
These shortcomings are hitting the region’s poorest and most disadvantaged children the hardest. White British young people from poor families are particularly getting a raw deal.
Currently, too much leadership is at best unfocused and at worst completely absent.
Too few outstanding leaders and teachers are working in the areas which need them the most.