Paula Treadaway

(BEd Hons; MA in ICT and Education Management)

Director of Busy Brains LTD

I qualified as a primary teacher in 1997 and have worked in schools for over 20 years as a class teacher and as an Assistant Principal and Head of School.  My experience has seen me teach from Nursery to Year 6 where over the years I held responsibilities for Early Years, English, ICT, Music, Art, DT, Teaching and Learning, Assessment, Recording and Reporting and Year 2 SATs specialist.

My passion for working with children started when I used to go to work with my mum on INSET days at the playgroup she ran.  At home, I was constantly playing schools, making registers and bossing my sisters around!

My first work experience at the age of 15 was in a primary school and I loved it!  This really did confirm to me that I wanted to be a teacher. During my university holidays I worked on holiday playschemes for special needs children which inspired me for my future teaching career. I now have years of experience with the inclusion of children with additional needs including autism and ADHD.

Once I had qualified as a teacher, I worked full time during the week and taught music and percussion to young children on a Saturday morning.  I really enjoyed playing percussion in wind bands, orchestras and brass bands when I was growing up, so being able to teach this to children in a fun and inspiring way was fantastic.  I derived enormous pleasure from seeing them perform in concerts after weeks of hard work and practise.

I have always loved making learning fun and providing enrichment activities that compliment the curriculum.  I ran several extra-curricular clubs whilst teaching including; choir, recorders, newspaper club, creative writing, cookery and art club.  I have run over 20 residential trips for Year 2’s in my time too.  I just love seeing the enjoyment the children get out of being outdoors and taking part in activities they would never ordinarily do.

In 2007, my beautiful daughter was born and my gorgeous son followed in 2010.  Being a mum is just brilliant and I cherish all the time I can spend with them and my husband creating memories..

In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, playing badminton, going for a run and I love planning and going on holidays. I adore watching my daughter dance and my son play football.

Beccy Miller

(BBA in Modern Arts, PGCE)


Beccy Miller Busy Brains Teacher
I started my career as a primary teacher in 1996 and am experienced in teaching all age groups from Nursery to Year 6. When teaching full time, I was also responsible for running the 11+ Reasoning Club which helped prepare pupils for their 11+ exams.


Since leaving full time teaching, I have worked as part of a team for the Sure Start Children Centre and with Early Years settings in deprived areas helping to raise the standard of teaching and learning.  I have also been working with Osiris Educational, delivering Inset days and long term training support to teachers in school in topics ranging from Early Years to Developing Growth Mindset and creating Outstanding level teaching and learning across all age groups.


I am also the director of my own life coach business, trained EFT practitioner and an author, specialising in emotional well being.  I’m currently writing a range of resources for schools. I absolutely love tutoring as it provides me with the opportunity to still engage one to one with children and their families, helping to make a positive difference in children’s confidence and their learning.

Georgina Dance


(BA (Hons) Primary with QTS)

Georgina Dance Busy Brains tutor

I qualified as a primary school teacher in 2017 after training for 3 years at the University of Hertfordshire. During my time at university I completed 3 placements in Years 5, 1 and 3 before completing my final year in a year 1 class. Before university, I carried out work experience in a range of schools so that I could get an insight into how different schools are run. I currently teach a Year 1 class full time. My job is so rewarding and it fills me with pride to see the confidence that my class move up to year 2 with.

Working in a Year 1 class means that each year I administer the Phonics Screening Check and have been doing so for the past 2 years. I also support the Year 2 children that are required to resit the screening.

I believe that it is important to plan and deliver lessons that are fun and motivate children to learn. I feel it is crucial to support children in developing a growth mindset which will allow them to progress with their learning.

Alongside teaching I volunteer, within the Girl Guiding movement, as an assistant unit leader at a local Rainbows unit. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, shopping and exploring new holiday destinations.

Melissa Deal


(BSc (Hons) Psychology with Social Sciences; Teach First QTS)

Melissa Deal - Busy Brains tutor

I originally qualified as a secondary school teacher, and taught Humanities and Social Sciences for 7 years, before relocating to Spain where I then trained in Primary, and taught across both the primary and secondary setting in British and International schools. My school career has seen me develop senior leadership experience as a deputy head, and lead on the ever important area of wellbeing and mental health which is a huge passion of mine. Working with colleagues, children and parents, I successfully led our school in achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools and am proud to be an advocate for this area of work. I also work as an assessment associate and examiner for Pearson Edexcel, and previously for AQA.

l love the energy, enthusiasm and creativity young people have and I can’t imagine doing anything that isn’t related to education and learning! SInce leaving the physical classroom I have tutored online, and absolutely love it – there is so much out there to enable interactive online learning now, and it means you can literally learn from anywhere. I pride myself on making lessons dynamic, interactive and engaging, and the lesson time always flies by!

I’m particularly passionate about inspiring a love of reading – I love books and believe, as JK Rowling said, “If you don’t like to read, you just haven’t found the right book.” Books are a huge part of my life and outside of my classes I often run story and book related events and workshops to nurture this love of books from a young age.

I have a growing brood of animals, including dogs, cats, rats, chickens and peacocks, so much of my spare time is looking after them, and my daughter Olivia. I also love cycling, walking in the mountains and travelling to explore new parts of Spain.

Wesley Andrews


(BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS)

I qualified to teach in 2018 and gained 3 years worth of experience in a variety of North London schools. Having successfully secured my first teaching post in my final placement school I later progressed as a curriculum leader in a neighbouring school. Most recently, I have moved to Kuwait to teach in the British international school.

I have experience of whole class teaching across KS1 and KS2 and have successfully tutored children in KS2 since 2016. As I am tutoring internationally my sessions are held on Zoom or Google Meets.

I believe tutoring sessions need to be personal and memorable. Making learning fun and ‘sticky’ and regular knowledge retrieval is essential for long term memory retention.

When I’m not teaching I am usually spending time with my two young sons who keep me very busy! Technology is my joy, I love being up to date with the latest tech and trying out new education software. I also love to explore and there is plenty to explore in Kuwait!

Dawn Wildman

(BEd Hons; Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching)

Director of Busy Brains LTD

I qualified as a teacher in 2005 but started my career working in the financial industry and although very successful, I never felt fully fulfilled in my role.  After starting a family and having three lovely children, one of whom is now a teacher herself, I ran a playgroup.  It was at  this point that I realised my vocation lay in teaching.

My first experience of working in a primary school was as a volunteer parent reader which progressed quickly to the role of a  teaching assistant and then teacher due to the inspirational support and mentoring of the head teacher.  I completed my teacher training and I have never looked back.

I have worked in schools for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of roles, including the role of Assistant Principal, which I successfully held for five years.  My teaching and leadership experience ranges across each primary key stage from Nursery to Year 6.   During this time  I have had  curriculum responsibilities for Maths and History; was the Primary Behaviour Lead; Student Teacher Mentor; Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader; and Year 6 SATS Specialist.

My passion for teaching and love of enabling children to learn in a vibrant and happy atmosphere is, I firmly believe, crucial.  My teaching career has always been very rewarding and in each role, from a playgroup leader to a senior leader across an all through three form entry successful school,  I have always strongly believed that learning should be fun and at the heart of all that I do.

My other passion in life apart from my family and teaching is sport, I love to play badminton and tennis and like to challenge myself doing fun runs for charity.

Wendy Brown

(BA(QTS) in Physical Education & Science
– Advanced Skills Teacher )


I qualified as a secondary school teacher in 1995 and have worked in schools for over 20 years as a class teacher, head of department, assistant head of year, advanced skills teacher, seconded teacher and member of SLT.

My experience has seen me teach from Nursery to Year 13 and over the past 7 years supported schools in both England and Scotland, developing learning and teaching, unpicking pedagogy and helping schools develop their practice to support all learners.

My passion for working with children started at school when I helped my teachers run extra curricular clubs for the younger students and outside school as a swimming teacher, trampoline coach and sports enthusiast! I always wanted to be a teacher and thoroughly loved the profession.

My love of teaching has grown from being in my own classroom to supporting teachers in theirs. I run courses and training in metacognition, mindset, revision and various teaching and learning principles. I enjoy adapting training to the needs of the schools. I love helping teachers reignite their passion for the job, develop fresh teachers to the profession and support school leaders in their journeys to support their staff and students. This is also my passion for working with young people.

My daughter is in year 11, my son in Year 9 and although I feel I am sitting my GCSE’s again, I am glad that I can support them both through a rather stressful time. Being hands on again, reteaching aspects they might have forgotten has rekindled my passion for working with children and not just adults!

I have always loved making learning fun and providing enrichment activities that compliment the curriculum. I ran over 30 dance shows and productions while teaching as well as girls teams in all subjects. Some of my most memorable moments were when my dancers performed at the Royal Albert Hall and in front of the Samoan Rugby team! I have continued this creativity into my training and tuition which is always hands on and can be implemented into the classroom the very next day.

In my spare time, I enjoy most sports, spending time with my family, making memories, travel and supporting my children as they flourish into super individuals.

Niki Swan


(BA (Hons) Business Studies; QTS)

Niki Swan Busy Brains tutor

My original career was in Human Resources. With over 20 years working for various organisations in different areas of HR including strategy, culture development, designing and delivering training and development as well as an International HR Director, I also enjoyed being a lecturer at West Herts College on a variety of courses from undergraduate to postgraduate.

In 2008 my daughter was born and I decided to focus on home life for a while and set up my own HR consultancy. In 2011 my son was born. During this time I recognised the transferable skills between HR, lecturing and teaching and so decided to return to university to retrain to be a teacher.

I initially volunteered in Year 1, assisting the Teacher and reading with the children. Seeing their joy of learning and their non judgemental view of the world fuelled my passion to ignite the incredible imagination and potential children have. I have now been working in the education sector for over 6 years with experience in Early Years to lower KS2.

I have also run ArtSquad, an After School Art Club for KS1 up to Year 7. I am Art and History Subject Leader and also run a School Gardening Club.

I strongly believe using a creative, fun approach helps to engage children with their learning.  Understanding and utilising their interests when delivering engaging sessions in an innovative way helps to unlock their potential.

In my spare time, I enjoy learning and applying new art techniques, exploring the outdoors with my family and our little dog Ruby plus off road cycling.

Michelle Carter


(BEd (Hons))

I qualified as a primary and middle school teacher in 1985 and have worked in schools ever since. I started my career as a teacher of a Year 1 / 2 class and since then have worked with every age range from nursery to year 7. This included a year working in a school in Canada as part of a school exchange programme and a gap year when I lived in Australia, sold ice creams and travelled as much as I could.

In 2002 I was appointed school advisor for the schools in the London Borough of Ealing and worked with whole school communities including school leaders, teachers, parents and young people. I have continued to work with whole school communities and set up my own consultancy and training business in 2014 and this has involved whole school training and supporting schools to consider how to fully involve, engage and challenge their children.

I have also kept my feet on the ground doing supply work as a teacher, teaching assistant and nursery nurse. I love working with and within schools and my passion for teaching began at a very early age when me and my best friend used to gather up all the children in the street to come to our school set up in my friends garage! We were only children ourselves but we both knew how to make learning fun. We used to take them on little adventures around the village and put on plays for all the neighbours with the children playing as diverse parts such as trees and animals as well as characters.

I have always loved making learning fun and thinking of ways to help children learn in enjoyable ways .As a teacher I spend hours creating resources and coming up with ideas of how to fully engage children and I am still as passionate as I was as a young child.

I started tutoring when I was a young teacher and mainly tutored one to one after school and in all primary subjects. I have tutored throughout the years and now as well as tutoring children in England I tutor Asian students and since April 2020 I have taught over 790 children and adults to speak English.
In my spare time I love walking and travelling. I have visited 53 different countries and counting.

I am really looking forward to meeting you and helping you learn!

Gemma Archer


(BSC Psychology, QTS, PGCE)

My initial interest in teaching started whilst volunteering at my local primary school. During this time, I worked with a year 4 class leading intervention groups in maths and English. The intervention groups consisted of a small number of pupils who were identified by the teachers as needing some extra support to aid their development and progress in class.

In addition to leading intervention groups I also volunteered for the ‘parent reader scheme.’ As part of this scheme I read with children from Year 1 all the way to Year 6. Following this voluntary work, I was offered a position as a TA in Year 1. I really enjoyed working as a TA and after a while I was moved to leading the intervention groups across all year groups which I found really exciting and interesting.

After working as a teaching assistant for a year I decided to start my teacher training. My placements were with Year 1 and Year 4.  I thoroughly enjoyed working in both key stages and benefitted hugely from seeing the progression from Key Stage one in to Key Stage two.

After completing my teacher training, I started working as a supply teacher- which gave me the opportunity to teach across the whole range of year groups gaining valuable experience throughout the primary phases.

I currently work (part time) as a Year 5/6 teacher. I enjoy planning and delivering creative and exciting lessons which allow children to reach their full potential. As a year 5/6 teacher I have experience in SATS preparation.