Research suggests that taking too many drugs and/or drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis may reduce a person’s ability and interest in learning.
Harry got expelled from school for being ‘stoned the whole time.
Leah did well at school before she moved to a new area and started drinking.
Problems at home, having no money, wanting to have fun, trying to look ‘cool’ were the kinds of reasons our participants gave for starting to use drugs regularly, including on school days.
Chloe used to bunk off school so she could smoke weed.
Young people we talked to recognised that there might be a connection between heavy cannabis use, poor school performance and bad exam results. For example; making it difficult to concentrate or think straight and causing memory problems.
Jim was using cannabis all the time in his last year at school which was when things started…
Sam’s school work just went out of the window’ when he was stoned. He thinks his life would have turned out differently if he hadn’t been smoking cannabis during his school years.(played by an actor)
Stephanie has trouble remembering things about her school days.
A few people said they didn’t fit into the school system and it caused them to struggle with education. Drugs or alcohol could be a way to cope with this. Some said that their parents and/or teachers could have done more to help them.
Tara hated school but a teacher persuaded her to take her GCSEs.
Peter explains why he was so bored and easily distracted at school but managed to get the training he needed later on.
Chloe claims that schools don’t want to admit their pupils are taking illegal drugs.
After they left school some of the young people we spoke to had started work or were trying to get training and work experience.