Four sister dailies have published their third annual guide to the best schools on their patches.
Trinity Mirror has launched its Real Schools Guide for 2015, which takes into account 25 different data sets including GCSE results as well as factors like value-added scores, pupil-teacher ratios and truancy rates.
Supplements will be published in the Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, Newcastle Chronicle, Daily Post, Evening Gazette, Huddersfield Examiner, Aldershot News and Mail, Surrey Advertiser, Buckinghamshire Advertiser and Examiner series, and getwestlondon later in August.
It is published as a print product, but parents can also go online to browse the full data, compare different schools, and find links to contact details and recent Ofsted reports.
Former schools minister David Laws described the inaugural 2013 guide as, “public-service journalism in the best tradition”.
David Ottewell, head of Trinity Mirror’s data unit, “The guide has proved enormously popular with parents in the years since it was first launched.
“But we haven’t stood still. Readers can get more information than ever about schools in their region using the online version of the guide.
“I believe it remains a unique and valuable resource, which proves how publicly available data can be harnessed it a way that is of real and enduring value our audiences.”