The government is hoping headteachers that have been successful at their own schools will lend their expertise to others.
Schools secretary Ed Balls told the Times weaker schools could even be merged as part of a new series of initiatives to improve their performance.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is about to announce a white paper in which it will propose schools could share their budgets and resources.
Mr Balls told the paper the department wants to see "chains of schools run by a single overall leadership".Teaching assistants
and special needs
teachers could then find themselves working in federations of schools if the proposal becomes law.
A DCSF spokesperson told the Education Guardian that running several schools will bring with it big responsibilities and the department wants "the best heads to go for them and providers to have the complete freedom to employ the staff they want".