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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Remaining largely cloudy with patchy drizzle over hills. Becoming milder, breezy with some brighter breaks in the west on Friday
Saturday looks like the best day of the weekend. Mainly dry for both Saturday and Sunday but a cooler, cloudier finish
Another largely cloudy and murky day. Perhaps a little brighter and feeling milder for Friday