The first "super-head teacher" has been appointed to run three schools in Nottinghamshire, it has been announced.
Kevin Dean, a head teacher from Chesterfield, will be in charge of the Alderman White, Bramcote Hills and Bramcote Park schools near Nottingham.
He will work with the governors of a new White Hills Park Federation.
Mr Dean said: "The three schools will keep their separate identities but yet will work together under one governing body and one leadership team."
The federation contains three successful schools with three good Ofsted reports, he said.
Each school will have its own school leader chosen from teachers within the schools.
Mr Dean, who will be called executive head teacher, began teaching history in 1982 at Woodlands School in Allestree, Derby before moving to Eckington School near Sheffield and Eastwood Comprehensive.
He will work out of a base at each of the three schools.
The federation system has already been tried out in the Manchester area.