New figures show the North West has the lowest number of academies in England.
Education secretary Michael Gove says some authorities are "blinkered" in their attitude to the schools.
He said pupils are suffering as a result.
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Sunday evening's forecast for the NW with Emma Jesson.
High pressure is in charge for the start of the week, a couple of fronts introducing dampness at times. Clear spells developing Sunday night
Sunny start to Sunday, feeling chilly. Patchy cloud further east, temperatures soon lifting. Fine afternoon