Until October 2010, legal prohibitions of discrimination were found in a number of different laws enacted over many years. On 1 October 2010, the Equality Act came into force, consolidating and strengthening the various equality laws. However, the change from a Labour government to a LibDem/Conservative coalition government between the passage of the Act and its coming into force has delayed preparation for full implementation of the Act and resulted in some elements being targeted for revision or even non-implementation. Consultations are still under way on other aspects of the new law.
Inclusive classes are also good for teachers. Whereas isolated special education teachers experience more burnout and attrition than regular teachers do, effective inclusion teachers tend to describe themselves as tolerant, flexible, and prepared to take responsibility for all their students (McGregor & Vogelsberg, 1998). These successful teachers' colleagues and administrators found them to be good collaborators who exuded warmth and sincerity in their interactions with students. Their most common concerns were insufficient time for collaboration and the challenges of managing students whose severe behavioral problems disrupted class. Evaluations have found that the most beneficial supports to successful inclusion teachers are strategic training, support from a team of professionals, and assistance personnel in their classrooms (Pryor, 2003).