I am hoping that someone on this forum may be able to offer me some advice.
I am starting a new job next year teaching overseas in a school that follows the Cambridge IGCSE Modern World History course.
Looking at the plans the school have e-mailed it seems that every year whatever the prescribed topic is they miss this unit out of their core teaching and then have a rush through skills based unit just before the exam to cover it. I am confused by this approach my new HoD has definitely stated that the prescribed topic never turns up on the core paper 1 and so as long as the source skills are covered through the year that is all we need to focus on. I don't know if this is true however. From the Core past papers I have so far down-loaded it does seem to be true but what concerns me is that nowhere in the syllabus does it clearly state that the prescribed topic will definitely not be examined in the core paper. Potentially not teaching this topic could leave the students short of options in their exam if it does indeed turn up on Paper 1.
I was wondering if anyone out there works in a department that has a similar policy, or if they know that this policy is right or not. I have never taught IGCSE before so I just don't know what is normal practise.
Hoping someone can help.