Are your pupils taking smart drugs?

Researchers are warning that the use of ‘cognitive enhancers’ – which is prevalent in higher education – is now becoming a problem in our schools. Kat Arney investigates the rising trend of students popping pills to boost their chances during exam season

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Jane is worried. It’s not long now until the exams and there’s still a stack of revision to get through. Everyone says the new GCSEs are harder than ever before, but all of Jane’s friends are still aiming for top grades. She’s struggling to keep up the pace.

So she stays up later and later into the night, poring over her books and willing the stuff to stay in her tired head.

Then, one day at lunch, Jane’s boyfriend tells her about these smart pills he bought off the internet – a couple of quid a pop – that make you feel like you can learn anything.

Fearful of falling even further behind, ...

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