New figures out today show the North West has the fewest academies in England.
Education secretary Michael Gove says councils in the region are being "blinkered" by not converting schools into Academies.
But critics argue that conversion is not always the solution.
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Early frost on Saturday night, then cloud and patchy light rain pull down from the NW. Winds strengthen overnight into Sunday
Serial offender Barry Dyson 39, hid the mirror in his rucksack and took it out to prey on women as they shopped in a city centre store.