Supply teachers in the West Midlands were given a surprise welcome back to work after the company that helped them secure supply work greeted them with an award for their achievements in 2013.

Education recruitment consultancy Aspire People, based in Sutton Coldfield town centre, places more than 650 staff in the West Midlands every day.

The firm developed the Aspire Awards in association with schools and nurseries in the region to reward those who have wowed their co-workers in their temporary roles in the year gone-by.

Seven candidates were presented with awards, with supply teachers, Early Years coordinators, cover supervisors and IT support staff picking up accolades for their contribution to the education system.

Schools, nurseries and recruitment consultants at the firm were asked to provide feedback on performance, before Aspire People’s 50-strong team selected a winner in each category. 

Among the winners was 55-year-old science teacher Carolyn Hall, came out top from a longlist of more than 250 other teachers to be crowned Aspire People’s Secondary Supply Teacher of the Term.

Carolyn, who has worked at more than 10 schools during her career, decided to do supply work after taking a break from teaching earlier this year. She was presented with the award by Aspire People’s consultant Emily Kramer, who works with secondary schools in the region.

Speaking of the surprise accolade, Carolyn said: “This was completely unexpected, but it’s lovely to have my work recognised after a time away from the classroom. I’m really enjoying my role as a supply teacher and I’ve picked up a lovely tutor group and some fantastic classes.

Michaela Powell, managing director at Aspire People, said: “We work with so many brilliant teachers, support and office staff and there’s a real lack of acknowledgement for the hard-working temporary staff who make huge contributions to the teaching industry.

“This is our way of showing some thanks to those who provide an outstanding service to schools in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and beyond.”